Career | Manager, Analytical Development | Umoja Biopharma

Manager, Analytical Development

Umoja Biopharma

Louisville, CO, US

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Industry: Therapeutics
  • Post Date: 07/09/2024
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  • Company Address: 1616 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 550, Seattle, WA, 98102

About Umoja Biopharma

Umoja is advancing an entirely new approach to immunotherapy designed to retool a patient’s immune system in vivo to provide broader access to the most advanced immunotherapies and enable more patients to live better, fuller lives.

Job Description

Umoja Biopharma is a game-changing biotech start-up with locations in Seattle, WA and Louisville, CO, focused on transforming the treatment of cancer with a novel integrated immunotherapy platform. Our vision is to develop off-the-shelf therapies capable of treating any tumor, any time. We are a diverse and growing team working in brand-new facilities in downtown Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Colorado, and we are looking for innovative thinkers who are excited by groundbreaking science and technology, and passionate about squaring up to the challenges inherent to cutting edge drug development. We are committed to the principles of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and strongly invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who share our commitment and help position Umoja as a leader in this front. 

We at Umoja believe in the importance of stories; we are looking for great people to join our team to help us create more stories for ourselves, for you, and most importantly for patients and their families.  

Umoja Biopharma – Your Body. Your Hope. Your Cure.  


The Umoja Biopharma Process Analytics team is seeking a driven Manager to manage a small team to support characterization of Lentiviral Vector (LVV). The ideal candidate is experienced with protein-based analytical methods (e.g., cIEF, MSD, Capillary Immunoassay, HPLC), as well as molecular methods (e.g., qPCR, dPCR). The successful candidate will be trained under the direction of SMEs to perform a variety of analytical methods. This role will also require attention to detail and proper documentation of execution of experiments in an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) and contribute to report writing. This position works closely with other functions to develop LVV product- and process-related analytical methods and successfully transfer qualified methods to QC Analytical. This role is expected to be about 50% focused on people management and 50% as a bench scientist.

This position plays a critical role in advancing Umoja’s pipeline and Analytical Development capabilities.CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Identify key attributes that enable the process development team to make process improvements
  • Develop new methods for viral vector products, training other team members on new technologies/methods
  • Design and lead projects to meet program timelines
  • Collaborate with AD and QC team members on various stages of analytical method lifecycle (development/qualification/transfer)
  • Flawless execution and compliant recording of experiments in electronic notebook system
  • Innovate to deliver method improvements and increase analytical breadth
  • Manage and prioritize sample submissions for respective method(s) and report data in timely manner
  • Prepare technical data reports and presentations
  • Ability to manage workload, career development, and performance assessments for a small team

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD/MS/BS in Biology, Biochemistry, or related discipline with 2/7/10 years of method development experienc in industry. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to build open and collaborative relationships and successfully work as a member of a multidisciplinary team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in protein and molecular analytical methods
  • Experience designing forced degradation studies
  • Prior experience with biophysical methods is a plus (e.g., DLS, NTA, Videodrop)
  • Experience with viral vectors (e.g., AAV, LVV)
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work on multiple projects

Physical Requirements

  • 100% compliance with personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements in laboratory environments, including gloves, protective clothing, and eye safety glasses.
  • Perform physical tasks required for the role, including standing, walking, bending, kneeling, sitting, working your hands in a biosafety cabinet, and occasionally moving materials up to 50 pounds.
  • Project-oriented work in this role will require regular on-site presence to complete essential job-related functions.

Salary Range: $133,000 - $161,000

Benefits Offerings

Umoja Biopharma offers its employees competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision plans. Additionally, we offer Umojians access to a 401k plan through Fidelity, with a 100% match up to their first 6% deferral. Umoja also provides a generous Paid Time Off policy, employee commuter benefits, and cell phone stipend. For a full breakdown of our benefits offerings, please see the Benefits section of our website.

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