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Research Associate II - Cell Therapy

Company: Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc.
Location: Rockville
Posted on: June 18, 2022

Job Description:

Research Associate II - Cell Therapy

Job Code: 2022 CT001

Job Description

Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (ITI), a privately held, pre-IPO clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the study of LAMP-mediated nucleic acid-based immunotherapy using UNITE---. Powered by LAMP (Lysosomal Associated Membrane Protein), ITI's UNITE platform is designed to utilize the body's natural biochemistry to develop vaccines that have the potential to generate broad immune responses. The UNITE--- platform has a robust history of applications in various therapeutic areas, including infectious diseases, oncology, allergy, and autoimmune diseases. ITI is primarily focused on applying the UNITE platform in oncology, where it could potentially have broad applications, including antigen-derived antibodies as biologics. The company has built a pipeline of four wholly owned oncology programs, the lead of which is in a Phase 2 clinical study for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).

We are seeking an innovative and highly motivated Research Associate II - Cell Therapy to join our team. The candidate will be responsible for supporting the Cell Therapy team in important research and development activities.

Essential Functions

Reporting to the Scientist, Cell Therapy, the position will play a key role in process development of cell therapy products such as human cell purification, viability and cell count, cell culture, transfection, electroporation, Western blot, Flow cytometry, ELISA. Requires detail-orientation, hands-on approach, organization skills, team-orientation, enthusiastic attitude, and adaptability to changing requirements with strong communication skills. Incumbent will possess the ability to work independently with some supervision.

Plan, and execute laboratory experiments to support process development activities
Analyze process data critically and author technical reports and standard operating procedures
Contribute to design and creation of development plans, aiding to process definition, process lock and optimization of process steps
Summarize and present data in group meetings and contribute to group discussions
Perform cell-based testing including cells isolated from human tissue to understand cell characteristics
Maintain accurate and detailed laboratory notebook and documentation
Maintain a clean and safe laboratory environment
Manage laboratory equipment and supplies
Troubleshoot and solve technical problems
Review documentation to ensure quality control requirements.
Use GLPs, SOPs, processes and company policies when performing all job functions.
Work independently as well as with other team members to perform and troubleshoot experiments or assay performance
Work with outside collaborators including other biotechnology companies, CROs and CMOs to support process development

Competencies & Skills

Customer Focus
Communication/Presentation Skills (spoken, written)
Sense of Urgency
Collaboration Skills
Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage, track and execute multiple priorities
Motivated, with willingness to acquire new skills with the ability to learn quickly
Detail oriented, good documentation practices and technical writing skills
Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
Creative and able to work independently
Demonstrated ability to perform basic laboratory techniques
Experience with Microsoft office, excel and power point

Work Environment

Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
Consists of 75% laboratory work and 25% office work
Exposure to chemicals used in the lab with proper Personal Protective Equipment as required
Ability to stand for a period of time in order to work at laboratory benches
Ability to visualize cells and various properties under the microscope
This role operates in a professional laboratory and office work environment
This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
This role requires hands-on laboratory work employing aseptic technique, standard cellular, molecular, and microbial process with limited exposure to inorganic and organic compounds
Will retrieve samples from liquid nitrogen and subzero freezers using personal protective equipment
This role requires work with human cells and tissue

Required Education and Experience

BS in Biology, Chemistry, Biological Engineering, or Chemical Eng, or related discipline with 2-4 yrs of relevant experience or MS in the life sciences field
Prefer process development laboratory experience
Prefer demonstrated understanding of mammalian cell culture and aseptic technique
Prefer T or DC-cell culture experience and basic immunology knowledge
Prefer human tissue and cell isolation technique experience
Prefer previous cell therapy experience

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please visit our careers site at Send your cover letter and credentials as described on the Careers page along with the Job Code: 2022 CT001 in the subject line.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc., Rockville , Research Associate II - Cell Therapy, Healthcare , Rockville, Maryland

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