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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Cell Process

Job Summary

The Cell Process Team is seeking a talented, diligent, and collaborative research associate to execute and design cell expansion process activities for the advancement of our best-in-class CAR-NK Cell Therapies for Oncology and other diseases. Cell Process works to ingeniously solve the challenges associated with the allogeneic manufacture of CAR-NK cell therapies including cell isolation/enrichment; cell engineering and gene editing; and cell expansion. They will be responsible for the operation of a clinical-scale bioreactor process design for the expansion of clinical CAR-NK candidates, execution of cell-based assays for in-process characterization, and technical process transfer to internal and external manufacturing sites in support of Phase 1 clinical activities.

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and technically competent process development scientist or engineer with an interest in bioreactor design and control, who is excited to join a small, fast-paced team with a “can-do” attitude to drive forward our new cell therapy platform. This is a unique opportunity to realize the promise of allogeneic cell therapy manufacturing paradigms and bring the TAILWIND platform to life at a clinical scale.

Job Responsibilities

  • Execute experiments under supervision and independently in cross-functional teams, to drive bioprocess development for CAR-NK cell therapies
  • Perform analyses of cell biology and functions using a variety of cell-based assays and analytical methods
  • Analyze and interpret data to support company-wide activities including cell engineering research and cell production
  • Meticulously maintain records, generate reports, records, and documents for IP and regulatory filings
  • Present results to scientific team and management as well as external meetings
  • Actively contribute to building a positive, team-oriented, startup biotech culture; participate in the active exchange and challenge of scientific ideas

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Bachelors or master’s degree in chemical engineering, immunology, biology, synthetic biology, chemical biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, bioengineering, or equivalent/related disciplines
  • 0-2 years’ experience in industry or academia
  • Demonstrated understanding and technical skills in one or more of the following: primary human immune cell culture; bioreactor design and control; scale-up parameters; scale-down models; cryopreservation; buffer-exchange processes; fill-finish operations; and other experience in cell process development
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, capable of conveying complex biological data to non-experts
  • Attention to detail and demonstrated ability in multi-tasking and thriving in teams with diverse technical expertise
  • Highly preferred but non-essential qualifications:
    • Experiences in cell therapy
    • Experience in flow cytometry, multiplex analysis, and in vitro assessment of immune cells
    • Experience in NK cells, electroporation, and transposon systems
    • Experience in publishing and/or presenting in public scientific forums (papers, posters, conference talks)

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