Cell & Gene Therapy jobs and careers

Cell & Gene Therapy involves the treatment of diseases by altering either the patients’ cells, proteins or DNA using a wide variety of techniques and cells therapies including Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR-T), Tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes TIL, T Cell Receptor Engineering (TCR), Natural Killer (NK) and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy (MSC).

Why consider a career in Cell & Gene Therapy?

Cell & Gene Therapy has huge benefits and is the most effective treatment to various forms of cancers and diseases. The cost to patients can be quite prohibitive, but with improved methods for cell and tissue culture production at scale, this is becoming more affordable. New techniques and delivery systems are constantly being reviewed, in this exciting and fast-growing area of bioscience.

What a job or career in Cell & Gene therapist may entail…

The work within Cell & Gene therapy is quite varied, academic backgrounds that lend well include post-graduate experience within Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Bioprocessing/Cell Culture.

Typical role titles include…

Automation Scientist
Cell Processing
Cell Culture & Bioprocessing Scientist
Characterisation Scientist
Downstream Processing
Clinical Laboratory Technician
Clinical Research
Gene Editing/Geneticist
Molecular Biologist/Scientist
Regulatory Affairs
Senior Research Scientist
Quality Assurance (QA)

Career progression example

Associate Scientist
Bioprocessing Engineer
Bioprocessing Lead
Principal Scientist
Head of Process Development
R&D Director
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

Salary Benchmarks

Junior/Associate Scientists typically start at around £30K-£40K.
Scientist Level I to II earn between £38K-£60K and Senior Scientist/Principal Scientists between £50K-£85K.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes. The following technologies and skills often appear on job descriptions…

PhD or master’s degree in Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, PCR, CAR-T, T-Cells, culture, Cell transfection, Immunoassays, Immunohistochemistry, DNA sequencing, Molecular cloning techniques and RNA.

What qualifications does it take?

A PhD or master’s degree in Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology or Bioprocessing/Cell Culture is usually essential, and quite often research work within a specialised field within cancer therapy or disease is desirable.

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