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Senior Scientist, Microbiology Safety Attribute - Cell Therapy

Bristol Myers Squibb
Warren County, New Jersey, US
Closing date
Aug 6, 2021

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Conservation science
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At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Cell Therapy is one of the most groundbreaking new forms of cancer treatments being studied today. With therapies only in their infancy and BMS's continued investment in our Cell Therapy capabilities, the growth potential of this science, your career, and the ability to help patients are incredible.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the development and implementation of analytical methods for cell therapy product release and characterization. Method development will focus on developing safety attribute method development that demonstrate enhanced microbial detection, identification, and quantification through the application of advanced microbiology and molecular technologies. The incumbent will provide scientific and organizational leadership, advancing cell therapy product understanding and accelerated early development programs. This position will report into the head of CTAD.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop a vibrant microbiology department specializing in cell therapy safety attribute method development.
  • Serve as an SME for molecular biology techniques and novel genomics methodologies and technologies.
  • Develop and implement methodologies to characterize genetically engineered cells (e.g. CRIPSR/Cas modified), to ensure successful engineering.
  • Develop and qualify methods supporting cell therapy product release and characterization
  • Evaluate new technologies and build laboratory capabilities
  • Lead and coordinate product investigations in support of QC release, manufacturing process development studies and drug product characterization.
  • Ensure robust data acquisition, analysis, integrity, and reporting in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Collaborate with other departments within the larger Product & Analytical Development (P&AD) organization.
  • Provide scientific guidance to development operations, clinical, and commercial QC teams. Maintain current awareness of GMP/GTP and other regulations, guidance documents, advisory committees, industry standards and trends that are applicable to current and future Cell Therapy Development operations and products.
  • Communicate effectively to staff, key partners, and stakeholders in a rapid and efficient manner.

Skills/Knowledge Required:
  • PhD in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, or related discipline with 3-5 years R&D / analytical development experience, or MS with 6+ years R&D / analytical development experience in a relevant field.
  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology Industry experience preferred
  • Extensive technical experience in microbiology, molecular biology and genomics methodologies and techniques.
  • Experience developing methods to support CMC and other biologic drug development milestones
  • Familiarity with and constant attention to the evolving cell therapy landscape through literature review/publication, conference attendance, industry working group leadership, etc.
  • Strategic thinker with excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to foster a strong team-first environment with the ability to lead multiple projects.

If you want to challenge yourself, accelerate your career, and give new hope to patients, there's no better place than here with our Cell Therapy team. Full of incredible and dedicated team members, those working on CAR-T and other forms of Cell Therapy are transforming patients' lives through science. From studying individualized cell lines to making brand new discoveries, this bold and personal discipline allows you to grow your career while making a lasting impact on the field of medicine. Join us today.


Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or any part of the recruitment process direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.
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