• Quality Control Associate III-IV, Flow Cytometry

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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    The FHCRC Quality Control laboratory performs in-process and release testing assays for T-cell and stem cell therapeutic products manufactured in the GMP Cell Processing Facility.  The group also develops and transfers new analytical methods used to characterize products, and support process development and product comparability.  In addition, the group qualifies test methods and equipment to support these activities and actively supports regulatory submissions.


    The Quality Control Associate will primarily focus on the development and performance of analytical test methods, primarily flow cytometry, in a GMP laboratory environment. The position is required to follow laboratory quality systems and support routine maintenance of the lab to ensure a continued state of regulatory compliance.


    • Develop and implement GMP flow cytometry assays for new cell therapy protocols.
    • Perform GMP lot release and in-process flow cytometry testing of raw materials, intermediates, and final cell therapy products.
    • Perform cell-culture based assays including target cell killing, cytokine release, etc.
    • Perform assays such as gram stain, MycoAlert, MycoSEQ PCR, endotoxin, and microscopic analysis as opportunity allows.
    • Author test methods and associated SOPs.
    • Maintain instrumentation and supporting documentation per GMP requirements.




    • BS/MS in a biological science with 6+ years of relevant experience in analytical testing including flow cytometry and/or a background in biologics and/or cellular therapeutics.
    • Strong communication and writing skills with demonstrated ability to work as an individual contributor and in a dynamic team environment.




    • Experience with the Miltenyi MACSQuant flow cytometer preferred but not required.
    • Experience with RT-PCR and cell culture based functional assays (e.g. target cell killing, cytokine release, etc.).
    • Experience working in a regulated (GxP) environment.
    • Experience generating documents intended for use in a GxP environment or regulatory filings.

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