Associate Engineer

Atara Biotherapeutics Thousand Oaks , CA 91360

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

This position will work within the Technical Services group and be primarily responsible for the process transfers of all of Atara's cell therapy products and/or vectors. This role will be responsible for working within a cross functional group to Sheppard Atara's immunotherapy candidates from early stage First in Human clinical trials to late stage commercial validation and through regulatory approval. The Technology Transfer Associate Engineer will provide support for the Process Team and assemble documentation that will support the process transfers.

The Technology Transfer Associate Engineer will be adept at working in a dynamic environment while being nimble, creative, and innovative in order to adjust a program's direction to achieve Atara's goals. The incumbent will be expected to provide input into the process development and characterization studies, organize and document results, compile and review process data, and communicate and summarize those findings to the Technology Transfer or Process Team.

Reports to: Cell Therapy Technology Transfer Associate Director

Location: Thousand Oaks, CA

Primary Responsibilities

  • The candidate will apply basic manufacturing process knowledge and understanding to help facilitate and support the process development activities related to the process transfers of Atara's cell therapy products as they are related to any/all scale up or scale out activities.

  • Partner with team members of a cross functional team while also providing support to define, gather, document, and help assemble the most comprehensive process transfer package from the available resources and current data to help the team achieve their goals.

  • Assist the cross functional team working towards the commercialization of Atara's cell therapy products with the objective of delivering the highest quality transfer documents with the available information and resources.

  • Coordinate and help establish key data sets for process parameters/trends that will help form the basis of process performance parameters and in-process trend tracking during run execution.

  • Compile data and requirements needed to help define the operational parameters targets and boundaries for the execution of a manufacturing process.

  • Contribute to the development of process improvements and efficiencies. Look for opportunities to apply previous experience to cell therapy process improvements to achieve and improve manufacturing excellence. Perform process analysis to determine key risks and implement steps that would help mitigate any negative impacts to process performance.

  • Work with process development scientist to take steps towards defining new cell therapy manufacturing processes that will enhance process robustness, repeatability, product quality, yield, and reduce our cost of goods per batch.

  • Act professionally and demonstrate integrity with all team members. Atara's Cell Therapy Technology Transfer group team members will be role models to Atara's mission: Innovative therapies for serious diseases and they will demonstrate Atara's TRAIT values.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a Life Sciences related discipline; Molecular and/or Cell Biology, Protein Biochemistry, or Chemical Engineering. Incumbent will have a bachelor's degree with a 2+ years of industry related experience

  • Candidate will have a working knowledge and understanding of scientific principals as they pertain to cell culture immunotherapy processes.

  • The preferred candidate will have a combination of direct experience related to mammalian cell culture. Cell culture experience may range from cell therapy processes to the cultivation of CHO based therapeutics in a process development, pilot scale, and/or commercial scale setting.

More about Atara Bio

We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. 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 400+ Atarians co-located by design in 4 different locations including South San Francisco (corporate headquarters), Thousand Oaks (R&D and manufacturing headquarters), Zug, Switzerland (european headquarters) and a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area. 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. 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."

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.

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