Head of Assay Development

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Work for an Organization that brings innovative therapies to patients worldwide.

VectorY combines the potential of antibodies and gene therapy to develop long-lasting therapeutic solutions for disease areas of high unmet medical need.

Founded in August 2020, and based in the Amsterdam Science Park, VectorY is a fully integrated gene therapy company focused on the development of innovative therapeutics.

With R&D and manufacturing facilities in Amsterdam, VectorY develops proprietary & partnered programs based on its novel AAV-based vectorized antibody gene therapy platform. Product candidates are based on next generation vector technologies, which will enable a proprietary and highly scalable manufacturing process within VectorY’s own manufacturing facilities.

Short description of the department Vector Development

The Assay Development department is an essential part of VectorY as they are responsible for the development and execution of assays for baculovirus and AAV batch characterization throughout the whole company. The Assays are divided in molecular, analytical and (pre)clinical assays, each having their focus and technical specialty. The group utilizes the molecular toolbox to analyse AAV vectors with novel characteristics. Furthermore, the group is responsible for development of de novo assays for which are used by all other VectorY teams for further development.

  • Main responsibilities of the role:

    • The Head of Assay Development will build, lead, manage and coordinate the activities of a growing team of Technicians and Scientists. The team will be divided in two groups focussing on (i) assay development or (ii) assay execution.
    • Manages complex scientific projects in the field of molecular, analytical and (pre)clinical assay development.
    • Has in-depth knowledge on novel assay design & de novo assay implementation for production and characterization of AAV batches
    • Set up and execute assays for small scale AAV production and characterization according to high quality standards
    • Work according to GDP and with LIMS
    • Management of internal stakeholders in other departments (Research, Vector Development & Process Development) as well and external collaborations (CROs, industry & academic collaborations)


  • Skills and Qualifications:

    • Strong background in Molecular assays and preferably with Baculovirus & AAV experience
    • Experience in industry setting in the field of assay development
    • Experience in managing teams to deliver on promise

    Your Natural Strengths and Drivers

    Drives to motivate others, you are a strong people manager. You are driven by delivering high-quality products and services and bring accountability to work.

    Working at VectorY

    We offer a personal and authentic experience within a young, ambitious biotech company on the path to bring innovative therapies to patients worldwide.

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