Careers

Careers 2017-10-30T15:22:17+00:00

Careers at ViaCyte

ViaCyte employees are part of a professional team focused on creating and commercializing cell therapies for diabetes. ViaCyte provides a positive and collaborative work environment where ideas are welcomed and respected. This dynamic atmosphere has contributed to valuable research discoveries and encourages fun, enthusiastic and active participation in the company’s success.  ViaCyte is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries, benefits and exciting opportunities for career development and growth.

Job Openings

Company Overview

ViaCyte is a leading privately-held regenerative medicine company developing novel cell replacement therapies as potential long-term diabetes treatments to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and diabetes-related complications.  ViaCyte’s product candidates are based on the derivation of pancreatic progenitor cells from stem cells, which are then implanted in a durable and retrievable delivery device.  Once implanted and matured, these cells are designed to secrete insulin and other pancreatic hormones in response to blood glucose levels. ViaCyte has two products in clinical development. The PEC‐Direct™ product candidate delivers the pancreatic progenitor cells in a non‐immunoprotective device and is being developed for type 1 diabetes patients who have hypoglycemia unawareness, extreme glycemic lability, and/or recurrent severe hypoglycemic episodes. The PEC‐Encap™ (also known as VC‐01) product candidate delivers the same pancreatic progenitor cells in an immunoprotective device and is being developed for all patients with diabetes, type 1 and type 2, who use insulin.

Position Description

This position will focus on quality control activities supporting the manufacture of therapeutic cell products, implantable devices, and cell therapy combination products.  The Assistant, QC, will work in both laboratory and cleanroom environments under strict SOP’s for performing environmental monitoring.  This is a full time position.  Essential duties will include:

  1. Perform sampling using Environmental Monitoring (EM) equipment; sample handling; reporting results with accurate documentation; maintaining database of results; and investigation of (OOS’s) and determination of root cause, as appropriate.
  2. Perform quality review; inventory control, including quarantine and storage as necessary; and release of all incoming GMP materials with proper documentation.
  3. Responsible for preventative maintenance and general upkeep of the QC EM equipment and areas.
  4. Assist with purchasing general supplies and EM supplies.

Requirements:           

  • BS degree in a biological science or related discipline. An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the job duties as listed above is acceptable.
  • Minimum 3 years experience working in quality control or environmental monitoring in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company.
  • Experience in an aseptic manufacturing clean room.
  • Some experience in handling of biological/raw materials.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent record keeping skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be skilled in Microsoft Windows and Office, including Word and Excel.

The ideal candidate will be self motivated, detail oriented, resourceful, flexible and able to handle multiple priorities at once. Flexibility to handle shifts in manufacturing schedules is essential.  Weekend work is required.  This position is not eligible for relocation.  The ViaCyte team moves at a rapid pace, making resourcefulness and flexibility key contributors to success.

Application Procedure

For submission by e-mail, attach your resume and cover letter as a Word or PDF file. In the Subject line, type Job Code #2017-5 and your full name.  Send to hr@viacyte.com.  Our mailing address:  ViaCyte, Inc., 3550 General Atomics Court B2-503, San Diego, California, 92121.

Company Overview

ViaCyte is a leading privately-held regenerative medicine company developing novel cell replacement therapies as potential long-term diabetes treatments to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and diabetes-related complications.  ViaCyte’s product candidates are based on the derivation of pancreatic progenitor cells from stem cells, which are then implanted in a durable and retrievable delivery device.  Once implanted and matured, these cells are designed to secrete insulin and other pancreatic hormones in response to blood glucose levels.  ViaCyte has two products in clinical development. The PEC‐Direct™ product candidate delivers the pancreatic progenitor cells in a non‐immunoprotective device and is being developed for type 1 diabetes patients who have hypoglycemia unawareness, extreme glycemic lability, and/or recurrent severe hypoglycemic episodes. The PEC‐Encap™ (also known as VC‐01) product candidate delivers the same pancreatic progenitor cells in an immunoprotective device and is being developed for all patients with diabetes, type 1 and type 2, who use insulin.

Position Description

Under minimal supervision, the Manufacturing Associate will perform a broad range of activities to manufacture combination cell therapy/device products under cGMP for use in pre-clinical & clinical studies.  This is a full time position.  Essential duties will include:

  1. Perform manufacturing activities according to standard operating procedures (SOPs), including thawing, culturing, and differentiating cells.
  2. Perform aseptic Fill operations as part of a team.
  3. Maintain batch and system records as required throughout the manufacturing process.
  4. Convert manufacturing practices into written SOPs and batch records.
  5. Prepare media and other reagents according to SOPs and maintain inventory for these materials.
  6. Ensure finished products comply with applicable Regulations, cGMPs, QA/QC and safety requirements.
  7. Design, execute, and report on experiments intended to improve Manufacturing processes.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related discipline.  An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the job duties as listed above is acceptable.
  • Minimum 3 years of hands-on experience working in a pharmaceutical, biotech, or drug manufacturing environment, with working knowledge of clean room practices.
  • Demonstrated experience with aseptic cell culture methods, including cryopreserving, thawing, and expanding cell lines.  Production experience with devices, proteins and other biologicals helpful.
  • Ability and willingness to perform a wide variety of tasks – from those which are routine in nature to those which require independent thought and analysis.
  • Must be highly detail oriented with excellent documentation and communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Must be available to work weekend and holiday shifts.

The ideal candidate will be technically strong and adept at managing multiple priorities. Our business moves at a rapid pace, making resourcefulness and flexibility key contributors to success.  This position is not eligible for relocation.

Application Procedure

For submission by e-mail, attach your resume and cover letter as a Word or PDF file. In the Subject line, type Job Code #2017-6 and your full name.  Send to hr@viacyte.com.  Our mailing address:  ViaCyte, Inc., 3550 General Atomics Court B2-503, San Diego, California, 92121.

Policy

It is the policy of ViaCyte to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, ViaCyte will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

ViaCyte’s goal is to increase representation of women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Our programs are designed to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, directives and regulations and cover all human resource actions including employment, compensation, benefits, training, education, promotions and social/recreational programs.