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Senior Scientist Molecular Biology

Cambridge, MA

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Job Description
Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative Vector Biology team by contributing to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach. This new Scientist will join our group to develop and evaluate novel gene therapies for oncology and severe genetic disease.
Primary responsibilities:
Identify and develop novel strategies for lentiviral vector production
Small scale lentiviral vector production and purification for internal customers
Management of associate scientists
Work cross-functionally with Stem Cell and Immunotherapy teams to innovate and optimize lentiviral vector function
Design and cloning of novel lentiviral vectors
Collaborate on genome-editing applications
Exercise independent judgment in development of new methods, techniques and evaluation criteria
Creating and organizing novel workflows
Must have PhD in biological sciences with 5 years post-doctoral experience in gene therapy applications
Must have significant experience managing and growing a team
Proficiency with lentiviral vector design and production; familiarity with multiple vector platforms is a plus (AAV, adenovirus, non-viral)
Expertise with molecular biology techniques and proficiency in plasmid cloning
Experience with bioreactor and protein/vector purification
Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment where results are achieved through influence, cooperation, and the incorporation of multiple points of view
Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem solving ability
Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to embrace change and multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment 
Excellent communications skills and ability to influence across multiple functions
Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture:  
b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself

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