Shire Scientist, Gene Therapy Bioassays in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Primary Duties

The Gene Therapy Scientist is responsible to support Discovery Research internal and external gene therapy programs. The incumbent will represent Discovery Therapeutics Gene Therapy team independently to participate in matrix project teams within Discovery Therapeutics (eg. Protein Engineering, Protein Expression, Analytics and Cell Line Developments) and with other major functions in Research and Non-Clinical Development to advance preclinical drug candidates in a highly collaborative manner. Efforts will contribute to the advancement of drug candidate through early research and early development.


  • Design and execute molecular and analytical assays that characterize viral vectors. Assays including but not limited to absolute and relative quantitation qPCR, RT-PCR, ddPCR, ELISA, MSD, Western, Silver-stain, SEC; Cell-based reporter assays (fluorescence, luminescence, colorimetric, enzymatic, FACS, etc).

  • Cell-based and animal-based transduction assay and potency assay specific to viral vector candidates.

  • Perform DNA, RNA and/or protein extraction from tissue culture and animal tissue samples to be analyzed in assays specific to the biology of the transgene product.

  • Develop and optimize assay protocols; Proactively identify challenges and troubleshoot to enable assays establishment.

  • Perform data processing and statistical analysis within industrial standards using standard software (i.e. PRISM, Excel, etc) and report results.

  • Develop a broad network and work effectively with internal collaborations and external CROs to deliver reagents and assays needed for gene therapy projects.

  • Represent Discovery Therapeutics Gene Therapy and participate in cross-functional project teams.

  • Communicate with members of Research, Non-Clinical Development and Process Development & Technical Services.

  • Follow compliance of documentation in electronic lab notebook and author scientific reports that supports internal documentation and regulatory submissions.

  • Demonstrate good organizational and communication skills. Expected to be accountable for effectiveness and timelines of completion of project goals.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • PhD in virology, genetics, pharmacology or related biological science with academic and/or industrial experience. Strong track record of scientific publications is required.

  • Experience in viral vector knowledge and/or gene therapy is required.

  • Ability to adapt to new and fast paced environment and navigate uncertainties

  • Expected to work independently as well as in a team setting, identify challenges and seek input from colleagues and supervisor for solutions to diverse problems, and demonstrate motivation in pursuing scientific answers through thorough experimental planning

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and written skills for presentations, report writing and day-to-day project team communications.

  • Data-driven, critical thinking, analytical and ability to interpret results with statistical approaches.

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