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Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. Sr. Scientist/Principal Scientist, Process Science in Denver, Colorado

This position will work with the Technical Operations teams to develop and characterize cell therapy manufacturing processes and products, focusing on allogeneic CAR-T cells. The Sr. Scientist/Principal Scientist, Process Development will be responsible for the process development of allogeneic CAR-T cells to enable clinical trials. Under minimal supervision, you will be expected to design and perform experiments, organize and carefully document results, analyze and interoperate results, and communicate findings. The Principal Scientist will lead a small group of scientist and Research Associates.

Reports to: Director of Process Development

Location: Aurora, CO

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of manufacturing processes for allogeneic CAR-T cells using suspension bioreactor technologies

  • Independently designs and executes studies to facilitate development of allogeneic CAR-T processes and enabling clinical trials.

  • Develops and leads strong collaborative relationships with internal and external groups.

  • Incorporate bioreactor platforms and other scalable technologies

  • Lead tech transfer activities to manufacture

  • Assist in the development of batch production records, standard operating procedures, analytical test methods, and analytical sampling plans

  • Mentors a group of diverse scientists and research associates to facilitate

  • Role model for Atara’s Values of patients first, innovation teamwork, community and mindset.

Education and Experience:

  • PhD. in Immunology, Engineering science, or Cancer biology science with 6+ years of related industry experience.

  • Experience with the generation and evaluation of human CAR-T therapies; Industry experience in adoptive T cell, CAR-T, or TCR therapeutics.

  • Experience with process characterization, scale-up and/or technology transfer preferred

  • Familiarity with development and /or commercialization of cell-based therapeutics

  • Basic understanding of cGMP requirements

  • Experience using Design of Experiment (DOE)

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We’re named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

We’re proud of our team of 350+ Atarians co-located by design in South San Francisco (corporate headquarters) and Southern California (R&D and manufacturing headquarters in the northwest Los Angeles area) with a newly-established European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Atara also has a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area and an office in New York City. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

Our mission – “Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.”

Our vision - “T-Cell Immunotherapy for every patient, any time.”

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Atara offers a competitive benefits packages that includes medical/dental/vision benefits, life and disability, retirement and stock program, as well as a generous paid time off and wellness plan that supports the well-being of our staff. Visit to learn more

Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual’s association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.

We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States.

Official Title: Sr. Scientist/Principal Scientist, Process Science

Job ID: 2020-1460

External Company Name: Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.

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