Scientist, Cell Process Development

Bluebird Bio, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

integrated product platforms with broad therapeutic potential

On January 11, 2021, we announced our intent to separate our severe genetic disease and oncology businesses into differentiated and independent publicly traded companies. We will retain focus on severe genetic disease (SGD) and will launch our oncology business (“Oncology Newco”) as a new entity, with the completed transition expected by the end of 2021.



At bluebird, only two things matter - patients and our people. When you join the nest, you're not just landing a new gig, you become a part of a flock that's soaring to new heights. We’re 1100+ doers, thinkers and collaborators across the globe with a strong sense of our values and our purpose. Our innovation and sustainability are rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the incorporation of multiple points of view. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care. The time is now to rise up and recode the science, the systems, and the status quo.


The Cellular Process Development team for Sickle Cell is focused on designing innovative and scalable processes to manufacture high quality stem cells for our patients. The team develops the gene therapy manufacturing platform and chaperones it from pre-clinical to commercial manufacturing phases in collaboration with other groups across Pharmaceutical Sciences, Research and Clinical. With one approved product (Zynteglo™) and multiple late-stage clinical candidates, there is a wealth of growth opportunities for driven scientists to transform the lives of patients. Come join our incredibly talented team of birds and help drive scientific advancements that ultimately serve patients with gene-modified stem cell products!


You'll help to bring more patients their bluebird days by:

  • Leading a small team to develop process improvements for unit operations for hematopoietic stem cell-based clinical and commercial programs.
  • Designing and performing experiments involving the isolation, transduction, expansion and cryopreservation of gene modified hematopoietic stem cells for the treatment for hematological malignancies.
  • Analyzing data, interpret scientific results, author protocols and reports, and present scientific data to stakeholders.
  • Independently manage and execute on key project workstreams.
  • Working collaboratively with members from other groups including cell research, analytics, quality, and regulatory functions.
  • Providing guidance to junior scientists in the design, execution and analysis of their work and provide mentorship in their career development.
  • Maintaining accurate and reliable record keeping including database management, batch records, notebooks, and all other pertinent documentation
  • This is a hands-on lab-based position requiring a flexible schedule based on experimental work (occasional weekend work may be required).


You’re the bird we’re looking for if you:

  • Have a recent Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering or related biological fields or MS with 3-5 years of experience in the development of cellular and gene therapies is required
  • Strong background with stem cell biology is required
  • Previous experience managing/mentoring associate scientists in a laboratory setting is required.
  • Expertise in aseptic tissue/cell culture is required. Experience with the culturing of primary human hematopoietic stem cells is preferred.
  • Strong background in a variety of biological assays such as flow cytometry, qPCR, ELISA, FACS, and Luminex is preferred
  • Experience with large scale, closed system manufacturing of therapeutic cell and/or gene therapy products from whole blood, apheresis, or bone marrow is preferred and a Broad knowledge of common cellular therapy equipment such as Sepax, controlled rate freezers, and cell separation technologies (CliniMACS and other technologies) is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with DOE models and background in using statistical software (JMP, Minitab, Prism or others) is desirable.
  • Familiarity with risk-based assessments such as FMEA and designing, streamlining, and characterizing processes in the Quality by Design space are desirable
  • Strong writing, editing and presentation skills required

All our birds embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture:  b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself.

bluebird bio is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusion are not only valued, but prioritized. We believe a diverse and inclusive community empowers us to act courageously, care deeply, and dream boldly to impact people in big ways.  Diverse viewpoints bring diverse capabilities which strengthen our focus and fuel our growth.

bluebird is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

About Bluebird Bio

About us We are leading the gene therapy revolution. Our integrated product platforms encompass gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and gene editing – providing us with the potential to treat, and hopefully cure, a broad range of serious diseases. We have a lot of energy, and it’s not just the abundance of coffee that keeps us going. Find out what sparks our excitement and inspires us every day.

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