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Principal Scientist, CAR-T Drug Product Development

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Requisition ID: 0314190326

Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a division of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is recruiting for a Principal Scientist, located in Malvern, PA.


At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science.


We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at and follow us @JanssenGlobal.  Janssen Research & Development, LLC is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.


The Principal Scientist-CAR T in the Large Molecule (LM) Drug Product Development (DPD) will work independently and in conjunction with appropriate teams to define scientific strategy and to support project needs for cell therapy programs.  The candidate will also independently lead and design to support development and commercialization of cell therapy products.  This role requires internal cross functional alignment as well as ability to manage and work with external partners. Primary Responsibilities:
  • Define strategy per program/project/technology timelines.
  • Lead product formulation design/selection including characterization studies relevant to the stage of development to manufacture robust CAR T products. Studies include, but are not limited to, stability, cryopreservation, formulation composition selection/optimization and robustness.
  • Evaluate & implement new technologies for engineered T cell to improve formulation and process.
    Author and review documents for regulatory filings (IND, IMPD, BLA, MAA) and internal company use.  Design experiments and provide relevant data to support responses for regulatory agencies minor deficiency letters.
  • Lead, facilitate, and participate in technical discussions to successfully resolve problems with suppliers, methods, project issues and deviations.
  • Deliver an improved focus on the scientific rigor within DPD, ensuring consistent scientific excellence and scientific quality standards are met. 

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy or a related field with 7 years of experience OR a Masters in Chemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy or a related field with at least 10 years of experience is required
  • Breadth of knowledge across cell therapy technologies, cell therapy manufacturing, cell characterization method development for T-cells or other primary cultures or stem cells is required
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated leadership in providing integration of activities and delivering information across multifunctional groups and sites is required
  • The candidate should be able to use emerging developments in relevant scientific fields to generate new research ideas and initiatives.
  • Working knowledge of flow cytometry, ELISAs, cell-based assays, and compendial methods for cell and gene therapy is preferred
  • Understanding of process development/qualification and GMP manufacturing of cell therapy and use of closed-systems, single-use or disposable technology for sterile and aseptic processing applications is preferred
  • Drug Product Development experience that spans early through late with demonstrated project leadership is preferred
  • Experience with authoring and reviewing regulatory filings is preferred
  • Expertise in cell therapy product development required with experience in biologics/gene therapy preferred.
  • This position will be based in East Coast, US and may require up to 15% international and domestic travel

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location
United States-Pennsylvania-Malvern-
Janssen Research & Development, LLC. (6084)
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