Cell Biologist

Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Jul 03, 2021
Sep 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

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The Bioengineering Division is seeking a motivated laboratory researcher to support the research and development of multiple cutting-edge technologies. At Draper Bioengineering, we work at the interface between engineering and biology, and the successful applicant will join teams working on microphysiologic systems (tissue-on-chip), along with other capabilities in development. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, observant, collaborative, and dedicated. We offer an atmosphere that fosters innovation, a supportive team environment, intellectual freedom and creativity, and an emphasis on career development.

Summary of Key Responsibilities. Draper will train and support a curious, capable scientist to:
  • Develop and execute experimental protocols and analytical methods to be compatible with Draper's novel devices and technology
  • Isolate, culture and maintain human primary cells and cell lines in standard culture and on novel platforms
  • Design and execute a variety of molecular, biochemical, cellular, and/or analytical assays
  • Analyze and interpret results in the context of the project goals for dissemination to internal project management, external customers, and/or publication
  • Support lab organization and maintenance as needed

Required Qualifications:
  • BA/BS or MS in a biology discipline or biomedical engineering, with 1-5 years relevant laboratory experience
  • Trained in sterile technique and mammalian cell culture including complex cell culture methods, assay development and media preparation.
  • Experience with cell and molecular biology methods (for example but not specifically required: DNA preps, PCR, ELISA, Flow Cytometry).
  • Laboratory organizational skills, attention to detail, good presentation and communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with complex human cell culture and co-culture models
  • Experience with microfluidics, laboratory automation (e.g. Labview, Arduino, Python), and statistical analysis a plus

Applicants selected for this position will be expected to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.