• Quality Control Sample Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/20/2019 5:11 PM)
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  • Overview

    Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical and commercial settings for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science to treat rare and life-threatening genetic diseases starting with our clinical-stage, proprietary gene therapy candidate, AVXS-101 (ZOLGENSMA®). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.


    AveXis, Inc., a Novartis Company, is a clinical-stage gene therapy company, dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate currently in development for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, and for the treatment of SMA Type 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has granted AVXS-101 Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of all types of SMA and Breakthrough Therapy Designation, as well as Fast Track Designation for the treatment of SMA Type 1. In addition to developing AVXS-101 to treat SMA Type 1 and Type 2, we also plan to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome (RTT) and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.


    The Quality Control (QC) Sample Specialist leads sample control support at the AveXis GMP Laboratory in San Diego.  This includes the management of QC in-process, release, and stability samples, associated document management, and collection of data.  A potential candidate will possess a strong understanding of the requirements of sample receipt and inventory management in a GMP laboratory.  Additional responsibilities include adherence to all GMP requirements, a proficiency in understanding of FDA/EMEA regulations, effective interactions/communication with Quality management, personal development, and support of investigations. 


    • Manage sample tracking and the inventory system to track development samples.
    • Generate sample submission forms for various testing facilities.
    • Collect sample forecasts to ensure lead time notice.
    • Confirm testing was complete when sample invoices arrive.
    • Follow/track international shipments, and alert logistics group of any customs clearance issues.
    • Inspect incoming sample shipments and take necessary actions if samples do not comply with SOPs.
    • Review and evaluate temperature data reports from temperature monitoring devices included with sample shipments.
    • Create equipment, inventory, and sample receipt and tracking logbooks.
    • Create and approve sample management procedures.
    • Communicate with other departments including Quality Assurance, Manufacturing and Facilities to address compliance issues and to implement corrective actions and to improve programs.
    • Write and revise documents such as SOPs and technical reports.
    • May support the Manager for activities related to training of employees, compliance with GMP, and identifying and implementing corrective and preventive actions.


    • Associate’s degree in a scientific field required, B.A. or B.S. in microbiology or related scientific field preferred.
    • Minimum of 4 years of related experience in a GMP Quality Control laboratory.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with strong technical writing experience required.
    • Able to work independently and effectively within the group, within Quality, and across the site.


    The level of this position will be based on the final candidate’s qualifications.


    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


    AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.



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