Exothera, one of Univercells’ subsidiaries, is the newly launched contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that supports cell and gene therapy developers with process development and production of viral vectors. Exothera is uniquely positioned to create bespoke bioproduction programs for manufacturers to achieve successful market entry.

Operating within the perimeter of the Analytical Science laboratory of Exothera, the Cell-Based assay Scientist is responsible for developing, transferring and qualifying analytical methods in support of the bioprocess development activities of Exothera. Our Cell-Based assay Scientist will work closely with Analytical Technicians to plan and execute method development, method qualification, and routine testing. Our Cell-Based assay Scientist  will make sure that these analytical deliverables are made available within the agreed project timelines, while respecting all applicable quality and EHS regulations. 

The analytical methods are essential supports for upstream and downstream bioprocess development. Our colleagues need the analytical results to design effective and efficient production processes. These assays include notably (but not restricted to) viral titers by plaque assays or associated. These methods apply to process intermediates or end-products of our development batches of viral vectors, virus-like particles, vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and other biologics. The Development Lab operates in a BSL2 setting.

The objectives of the Analytical Scientist will be to: 

(i) ensure technical and scientific excellence of analytical workflows and deliverables, 

(ii) ensure efficienmethod development, transfer, qualification and routine testing operations, within the perimeter of project budgets, 

(iii) contribute to building and improving the systems and procedures of the Development lab.


Leading analytical method development and qualification

  • Take the lead in development, transfer and/or qualification of cell-based assay methods 
  • Contribute directly to analytical testing and oversee execution by technicians; peer review of test results
  • Train and guide Analytical Technicians
  • Write and/or review method transfer or qualification protocols and reports

Internal and External representation

  • Act as analytical expert for methods within his area of expertise in meetings with clients. 
  • Present progress and results in internal project meetings

Team coach

  • Act as scientific coach and soundboard for Lab Technicians, making sure they can execute their operational duties efficiently
  • Develop training materials for instruments and methods, where appropriate, and deliver training
  • Advocate and live the company values

Quality & Innovation

  • Participate in continuous improvement by suggesting new processes or procedures to improve efficiency
  • Contribute actively to innovation by looking out for relevant technological innovations and their evaluation or implementation


  • At least five years of experience in an analytical lab environment focusing on qPCR applications in biologics or gene therapy
  • Analytical experience with viral particles, viral vectors, vaccines and monoclonal antibodies is highly recommended
  • Demonstrated experience with analytical method development and validation is required in cell-based assays
  • Expertise in additional analytical areas is a plus, eg. ELISA, HPLC, DLS, CE, WB.
  • Expertise in qPCR/ddPCR is a strong asset.
  • Advanced degree in lifesciences / chemistry / chemical or bio-engineering (MSc or PhD), or equivalent
  • Experience with Customer interactions, such as in a CRO or CDMO is an asset
  • Fluent English is required, French is a definite asset