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Research Associate/Scientist, Molecular Biology

Precigen, Inc
Germantown, Maryland, US
Closing date
Oct 20, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Job Description
Based in our Germantown, Maryland office Precigen's Molecular Biology group is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate/Scientist (level determined by candidate experience) with demonstrated experience in cellular therapy, immunology, and/ or immune-oncology to join our growing Molecular Engineering team. In this role, you will use your laboratory skills to contribute to the advancement of innovative cell & gene therapy products by conducting laboratory experiments, developing methodology, and generating scientific data in a highly collaborative environment. Our small group environment will provide a remarkable opportunity to enhance your scientific and biotech training as we develop the next generation of cell and gene therapeutics!

Upon hire to this position Precigen will require documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination or exemption for medical or religious reasons.

  • Sustain, passage, and culture mammalian cells for cell and gene therapy experiments.
  • Conduct microplate-based cellular assays.
  • Perform ELISA and related microplate assays.
  • Run 1-3+ color flow experiments by FACS.
  • Isolate white blood cells from blood and other biological specimens.
  • Perform experiments with a careful attention to detail and accurately record procedures, data and results in electronic lab notebook (ELN.)
  • Generate and communicate data to supervisor and/or group members and make intellectual and technical contributions to the team.
  • Other duties as assigned on a project-dependent basis.

  • Research Associate: Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline with two (2) + years laboratory experience in Molecular Biology, Cellular Therapy, Immunology, and/ or ImmunoOncology.
  • Scientist Level: PhD in a relevant discipline or an MS with at least three (3) + years of laboratory experience.

  • Background in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Well-developed understanding of molecular and cellular biology, immunological assays, and cell transfection/ transduction.
  • Sterile cell culture techniques
  • Basic experience developing cellular therapies such as CAR-T and culture of primary human immune cells.
  • Flow cytometry experience.
  • Experience with transfection/ transduction and expansion of primary and mammalian cells.
  • DNA/RNA isolation experience from mammalian cells
  • Familiarity with PCR and RT-qPCR.
  • Prior use of microplate based assays including ELISA or luciferase assays.

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent record keeping and documentation.
  • Positive interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with individuals from a variety of levels and functions.
  • Self-motivated, meticulous, hands-on attention to detail.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Responsive, can-do attitude.
  • Can coordinate parallel tasks across multiple projects, demonstrating prioritization.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to a rapidly changing environment and demands.
  • Ability to interpret and effectively execute upon a variety of instructions provided in written, oral, diagram or schedule formats.


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