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Associate Director - Vector Analytical Development Lead


Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  69171

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with severe diseases.  Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure? 


To strengthen our Early Research and Development Team, based in our Boston office in Bedford, MA, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of Associate Director - Vector Analytical Development Lead.


You like to work in an environment where you can:

Support multiple therapeutic gene therapy programs by leading AAV vector analytical process development activities, and providing testing assistance to research grade vector production


Major Accountabilities

  • Hands-on technical leadership and managerial responsibility for analytical development team
  • Establish and optimize analytical processes for multiple programs
  • Assist in testing of research grade viral vector (AAV) production – shake flask to 50L bioreactor scale
  • Responsible for testing schedule and data reporting along with maintenance of bioassays
  • Support establishment of Lab Information Management System (LIMS) and automation capability across vector core operations, including analytical development.     
  • Collaborate with upstream development, downstream development, vector biology and vector production teams
  • Ability to function independently and cross functionally across various UCB teams (process development engineers, cell biologists, disease area experts, antibody engineers, etc)
  • Ability to manage priorities, and engage/communicate in a multidisciplinary environment


Education and Qualification

  • Ph.D in virology, molecular biology, biology or related field is required
  • 3-5 years of viral vector analytics or production experience in industrial research or contract manufacturing setting required
  • Preclinical drug discovery experience with biologics is required

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees worldwide operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decisionmakers across the heath care ecosystem.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.


UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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