Associate Scientist, Stem Cell Research

Cambridge, MA

Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic and collaborative team and contribute to the overall success of our novel gene and cell therapy approach.  As a new member of the team you will participate in developing methods to improve gene delivery into and gene editing in primary cells from research to preclinical development.

About the role:

  • Assist Scientist to evaluate diverse approaches to optimize gene editing and gene transfer into primary cells including in vitro experiments, transplant models and preclinical studies.
  • Participate in designing, writing and updating protocols or standard operating procedures.
  • Participate in ongoing research projects as well as implementing novel strategies utilizing gene modified hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) for correcting genetic diseases. 

About you: 

  • BS/MS in molecular biology, biochemistry or related field.
  • 2+ years prior lab experience required.
  • Experience with in vitro and in vivo HSC assays is desirable. 
  • Experience using retroviral vectors with primary cells preferred.
  • Autonomy, reliability and ability to work as part of a team in fast-paced rapidly changing environment, collaborating proactively with members of other functional groups is critical. 
  • Understanding of safe lab practices and BSL requirements is important. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skill and excellent computer skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Flow cytometry, Statistical analyses programs are desired.
  • Ability to maintain flexibility is preferred.
  • Superb organizational and communications—both written and oral skills and “do-what-it-takes” attitude.
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture:  b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself.

 

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