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#119910 Manufacturing Associate

Extended Deadline: Thu 12/1/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/7/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/16/2022 Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Advanced Cell Therapy Laboratory (ACTL) offers expert assistance and hands-on services to investigators who require cGLP/cGMP systems and facilities. We aid in the transition from research and development to compliant and clinically-relevant manufacture of cell therapy products for IND-enabling studies or Phase I/II trials.We provide assistance with cell banking, process scale-up, product characterization, document writing, product stability assessment, and packaging.

Under general supervision, responsible for performing GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) cell culture and the associated assays within a laboratory or clean room. Perform a broad range of laboratory activities in the support of cell therapy products under cGMP for use in pre-clinical & clinical studies. Undertakes translational research and development and validation studies of processes and equipment as required. Performs all associated CTL procedures that are required to ensure the daily operation of the CTL and to maintain CTL licensing and accreditation, as indicated. Responsible for participating in the quality management and accreditation process. Responsible for culturing T cells, NK cells, neuronal cells, stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and other cell types derived from donors.


  • Bachelor's degree in a science related field of study and one (1) year of relevant experience or a combination of experience and education required.

  • Hands-on experience in a pharmaceutical, biotech, drug manufacturing, or academic environment is required, with knowledge of clean room practices being essential.

  • Experience with aseptic cell culture methods, including cryopreserving, thawing, and expanding cell lines, is required.

  • Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel and email.

  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment; knowledge of safe laboratory procedures.

  • Ability to follow detailed instructions described in SOPs and batch records and to record data accurately and in a legible manner per cGMP requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of individuals including faculty, clinicians, and staff and to work as a team member in a support position.

  • Willingness to work in environment where biological (including infectious agents and blood borne pathogens), chemical, and radiological hazards are present, to perform research on the human pluripotent stem cell, to work with viruses that are infectious to humans, including adeno-associated viruses, Sendai viruses, and lentiviral vectors which are derived from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


  • Experience and knowledge in iPSC cell culture techniques, including culturing and maintenance.
  • Familiarity with the Miltenyi CliniMACs device, flow cytometry, and PCR techniques.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to work in BioSafety Level II environment where biological (including infectious agents and blood borne pathogens) hazards are present.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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