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Immune Assay Lead

Date: Nov 25, 2018

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.


As a member of the Immunology Team, Immune Assay Lead oversees the execution, quality and timelines of immune assays in pre-clinical and clinical programs. Develops and validates immune assays in support of Spark pipeline. The incumbent is also responsible for facilitating communication and technology transfer between Spark and CROs. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all work is done in a manner compliant to relevant SOP guidelines and adequate GXP.



Oversee the execution, development and validation of assays in support of pre-clinical studies and clinical trials.


Design and execute immune assays.


Analyze scientific data, write and review reports, technical documents and presentations to support assay development, validation and transfer as appropriate.


Provide work assignments to the team on a regular basis. Review and approve the work performed by other analysts. Ensure work is done in a compliant manner according to SOPs and GLP guidelines.


Keep abreast of new scientific/technology development by participating in scientific meetings/seminars and through regular scientific review.






















  • Manage performance.   Ensure every team member knows what is expected of them, what it takes to be successful, and how they are progressing.  Provide team members with continuous and on-going performance feedback.  Hold everyone accountable to achieve results while demonstrating the Spark Values. Help team members understand how their work contributes to the overall success of Spark by periodically reviewing individual objectives to ensure alignment to corporate and functional objectives, making adjustments if priorities have shifted.
  • Develop team members.   Help employees effectively assimilate to Spark and continually grow through challenging experiences so they can realize their full potential.  Understand your employee’s goals, strengths and motivators.  Partner with your employees to identify areas for development, conduct coaching conversations regularly and provide guidance on ways to develop through on the job experiential learning, social networks and development opportunities.
  • Foster Spark’s Culture, Mission, Vision, and Values:  Lead by example.  Create an environment where team members thrive in our Culture by living our truths, always in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Emphasize to employees that “how” they achieve performance objectives is just as important as “what” they accomplish.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Immunology or related field required
  • Generally has 6 years of post-graduate experience
  • Some previous experience as a team leader is preferred

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • A strong background in immunology and AAV gene therapy is preffered
  • Expertise in development of immune assays, in particular Neutralizing Antibody Assay.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software is required
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience in managing team

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Considered expert in field within the organization
  • Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation
  • Ensures solutions are consistent with organization objectives

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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