Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

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School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Job Title: GMP, Quality Control Associate I

Primary role:

The GMP, Quality Control Associate I will support the development, qualification and execution of analytical methods to enable release of cellular products. This incumbent in this position will be involved with specialized testing of cellular products for clinical trials and commercial operations, supporting GMP production of cellular products and therapeutics. In addition, this individual will be responsible for environmental monitoring of the GMP facility, and projects manufactured therein, to ensure it is in control and in compliance with applicable regulations. The individual filling this position will be an integral member of a team working together to produce the highest quality clinical and commercial material for novel cellular therapies.

Essential tasks/responsibilities:

  • Perform pharmaceutical development and successful GMP release including: Analytical development, assisting the QC Manager and Product Development team in development of specific release and characterization methods
  • Aid in qualifying methods for product release and complete comprehensive characterization of clinical lots.
  • Complete GMP testing in line with ICH and regulatory guidance.
  • Lead qualification testing of cellular therapy products including, tech transfer and associated testing under GMP conditions.
  • Execute and document development and GMP activities in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate closely with other development teams to provide support for development activities and will work diligently with other development functions to understand how the production process changes impact product quality.
  • Compile data and perform analysis and interpretation and draw conclusions regarding progress and results of work, utilizing the data in appropriate decision making; summarize data, present results and propose next steps to advance development.
  • Write and reviews development reports; writes protocols for use in GMP facility and SOPs for GMP production, and presents data to project teams and larger settings.
  • Write and review QC deviations, non-conformances, CAPAs, out of specifications, complaints, and all associated required reporting.
  • Ship and prepare samples for outside vendors for quality control testing. Engage external vendors for coordination of quality control testing.
  • Operate and maintain equipment utilized in characterization and qualification testing.
  • Perform routine environmental monitoring of the GMP Facility to ensure facility remains in state of microbial control.
  • Execute activities in a cleanroom environment while following associate GMP and regulatory guidelines.
  • Ability to independently support project teams on event/deviation composition, including associated investigations, assessment for impact/risk, root cause analysis, and CAPA requirements/documentation
  • Event Management with assistance -In conjunction with the QA Manager/Director, develop, write, and review analytical, equipment and process validations.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


Required: Bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or related field.


Required: 2 years of experience in a laboratory or regulated field, preferably related to GMP.

Preferred: - Experience in preparing for external audits or site visits. - Experience working in or with a Quality Department.

A Master's or PhD can substitute for experience



  • Knowledge and hands on classwork with analytical methods and/or product formulation.
  • Hands on experience with analytical methods (GMP product release testing and/or Product characterization testing), molecular or pharmaceutical product formulation (buffer & excipient screening, thermal stability evaluation, biophysical methods) is preferred. GMP experience is a plus
  • Must have the ability to work independently with guidance from senior scientists/management.
  • Demonstrated ability in solving moderately complex analytical problems with guidance from senior management.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and have ability to quickly learn new skills and concepts.


  • Knowledge and hands on classwork with analytical methods and/or product formulation.
  • Experience working in or with a Quality Department
  • Experience with Environmental monitoring
  • Experience in a GMP environment

Special competencies/credentials:

Required: None

Preferred: None

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description

Date last revised: 12/17/2020

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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