Careers

Careers 2017-04-20T17:48:38+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, which are then implanted in a durable and retrievable encapsulation device.  Once implanted and matured, these cells are designed to secrete insulin and other regulatory factors in response to blood glucose levels.  ViaCyte has two products in 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 that have severe hypoglycemic episodes, extreme glycemic lability, and/or impaired hypoglycemia awareness.  The PEC-Encap (formerly VC-01) product candidate delivers pancreatic progenitor cells in an immunoprotective device and is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with type 1 diabetes who have minimal to no insulin-producing beta cell function.

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:

  • Perform manufacturing activities according to standard operating procedures (SOPs), including thawing, culturing, and differentiating cells.
  • Perform aseptic Fill operations as part of a team.
  • Maintain batch and system records as required throughout the manufacturing process.
  • Convert manufacturing practices into written SOPs and batch records.
  • Prepare media and other reagents according to SOPs and maintain inventory for these materials.
  • Ensure finished products comply with applicable Regulations, cGMPs, QA/QC and safety requirements.
  • 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.

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 #2016-3 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 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, which are then implanted in a durable and retrievable cell 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 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 that have severe hypoglycemic episodes, extreme glycemic lability, and/or impaired awareness of hypoglycemia.  The PEC-Encap™ (also known as VC-01) product candidate delivers pancreatic progenitor cells in an immunoprotective device and is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 trial in patients with type 1 diabetes who have minimal to no insulin-producing beta cell function.

Position Description

The Senior Engineering Technician will support the development and testing of next generation device designs, cell loading system design and integration, manufacturing equipment and fixtures, and accessory tools for ViaCyte’s combination products.  Primary responsibilities will include (1) coordinating fabrication, delivery and/or installation of fixtures, tooling, assemblies and equipment, (2) supporting R&D prototype builds through design and assembly and subsequent mechanical testing, (3) assembling and testing manufacturing equipment, instruments, controllers and systems used for the manufacture of the device or combination product, manufactured components, disposable and/or packaging. Additional duties include developing documentation (BOMs, SOPs, batch records, test records, raw material specifications, drawings and other documentation), executing feasibility, design verification and validation studies, and authoring equipment and subsystem tests, reports, verification and validation protocols, equipment IQ/OQ/PQ.

Requirements

A high school diploma and a minimum of five years of work experience in medical device manufacturing or other regulated industry is required.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.  Must be able to summarize and communicate technical concepts effectively.  Experience with operating tools and equipment according to SOPs and documenting results in batch records is required.  Experience reviewing and amending manufacturing SOPs is preferred.  Knowledge of quality systems for medical devices (ISO 13485, ISO 9001 and FDA QSR), suitable to support an audit, is preferred.  Experience with qualifications and inspections in a medical device manufacturing environment are helpful.  Clean room experience is desirable.  Must be skilled in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.  CAD experience, preferably with SolidWorks, is desirable.

The ideal candidate will be able to organize work based on established priorities while handling rapidly changing objective and timelines.  Our business moves at a rapid pace, making self-motivation, independent initiative, 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 #2017-2 and your full name.  Send to hr@viacyte.com.  Our mailing address:  ViaCyte, Inc., 3550 General Atomics Court B2-503, San Diego, California, 92121.