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Associate Research Scientist

Job Description

  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #76300

Our client, a leading pharmaceutical company, is hiring a Associate Research Scientist on a contract basis.

Work Location:
Seattle, WA – 100% on site


  • The Allogeneic Cell Therapy and Gene Editing Team is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and self-driven Associate/Senior Associate Scientist with a dedication to discovery and development of novel engineered CAR T cell therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.
  • The successful candidate will have experience with the extraction and analysis of nucleic acid samples from primary cells and cell lines.
  • Direct experience with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) is essential for this role.
  • Cell culture experience is preferred. In addition, this position will work with senior researchers to execute studies, analyze data and communicate results.
  • The primary focus of the Associate Scientist contract role will be to support the preclinical development of allogeneic CAR T assets.

Knowledge/Skills Required/Education:

  • Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline with 2 (Associate) or 4 (Senior Associate) years of academic and/or industry experience (Associate) OR Masters Degree in a scientific discipline with 2 years of academic and/or industry experience (Senior Associate)
  • Experience with a variety of nucleic acid extraction techniques (column-based and non-column-based technologies)
  • Experience with NGS and ddPCR platforms and associated analysis software (ex. Illumina, QXOne, etc)
  • Ability to multitask, independently organize time, and plan specifics of work.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills demonstrated in a team environment.
  • Willingness to think outside the box, be creative and demonstrate an ability to work in a very fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience with primary cell culture methods and generation of gene-edited cells (CRISPR/Cas9-based methods preferred)
  • Prior experience or familiarity with flow cytometry-based cell characterization methods.


  • Extraction, cleanup, and QC of nucleic acids from primary cells and cell lines
  • Optimization of PCR parameters for targeted analysis.
  • Execution of quantitative PCR, Next Generation Sequencing, and Droplet Digital PCR workflows for gene-edited samples.
  • Stringent documentation of experiment execution.
  • Analysis and organization of resulting data for communication to wider team.
  • Work with other team members to learn and implement molecular analytical methods for cell therapy.
  • Work predominantly in a laboratory setting.

Pay Range: $60 – $66/hr

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