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Research Associate - Molecular Biology

Ascend Gene & Cell Therapies
Alameda County, California, US
Closing date
Oct 4, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Job Description
Title: Research Associate

Reporting to: Head of Gene Therapy Technologies

Location: Alameda, CA 94501

About Ascend:

Ascend is a new model for gene & cell therapy design, development, and manufacturing. We partner with ambitious biotechnology teams to embed scalable manufacturing in their operations from the beginning. We support manufacturing and process development projects from design through to clinical and commercial scale.

Why were different:

Were building a place for people inspired by the possibilities of biological engineering for gene & cell therapy technologies. We want to lift up a new generation of experts and breakthrough start-ups. That's why the Ascend model includes the opportunity of cross-functional training to enhance professional development and continually seed fresh ideas.

The Role:

We are seeking a highly motivated research associate with an interest in discovery and development of novel technologies and early-stage research to join our growing team in the discovery biology group. The model candidate should be trained in the field of molecular and cell biology or synthetic biology with experience in cell line engineering, CRISPR/Cas9 high-throughput screening, AAV technologies, protein engineering and next generation sequencing. In this role, the successful candidate will be part of a team to develop cell lines and processes for improved AAV manufacturing. This is a unique opportunity to join a company committed to cutting edge basic and clinical science while advancing cell and gene therapies into the clinic.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development of cell lines to produce viral vectors for clinical/commercial production
  • Assist in performing high-throughput screening
  • Assist in the validation and tech transfer early-stage discovery to the CMC group
  • Present latest research findings in weekly updates and engage in rigorous scientific discussion
  • Establish and maintain a good working relationship across all operations staff and teams
  • Train incoming staff and research associates
  • Review and assist in writing and revising technical documents including laboratory SOPs, protocols, reports, batch records, patents and publications
  • Assist in the preparation of material for external presentations at national and international conferences and to external organizations


What youll bring:
  • Bsc with 3+ years of experience in an industrial setting related to molecular, cell biology and synthetic biology
  • Or Msc with 2+ years of experience in an industrial setting related to molecular, cell biology and synthetic biology
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-directed and self-motivated. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and also as a team member in a matrix environment

What we look for:

Motivational team member: understands that teamwork comes first, sees the bigger picture and the value of succeeding for all

Accountable leader: is first to stand up for team and product, and take responsibility to drive results

Flexible problem-solver: is solution-orientated and approaches challenges with creativity and curiosity

Focused executor: is passionate about quality work, delivers on time, is proactive and driven to succeed

Straightforward communicator: is open, honest, admits mistakes, listens, and develops with others

Does this sound like the sort of team youd like to be a part of? Interested in growing in an interdisciplinary creative space and pursuing your passion projects? Please get in touch!


Joining a start up at such an early stage is a fantastic change to learn from and influence the environment around you. As well as this we offer:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual Bonus
  • Exciting Equity Plan
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