Senior Research Associate 1, Cell Culture Process Development in Novato, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 5/2/2018

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Job Description

The Cell Culture Process Development department is seeking to fill a temporary position for an experienced Research Associate in upstream research and development. The successful candidate will work both independently and as part of a team focusing on optimizing production of recombinant viral vectors for the company’s gene therapy program.


  • Cell line maintenance, expansion, infection Production, harvest, and purification of the viral material.
  • Perform associated analytical assays.
  • Diligently document the results.
  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced, changing environment; be willing to accept responsibilities outside of the initial job description.
  • Handle multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Closely interact with other team members; develop internal and external collaborations.
  • Present results and conclusions in group and department meetings


  • Broad technical proficiency in cell culture and upstream process development preferably in an industrial laboratory.
  • Critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation skills.
  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Insect cell culture and baculovirus expression system.
  • AAV viral vector production.
  • Downstream processing; experience with protein chromatography.
  • Analytical assays: qPCR, ddPCR, ELISA, electrophoresis, Western blot, cell-based assays Knowledge of stirred-tank bioreactor operation is a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or in a related field with five years of experience in a cell culture laboratory.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years or Master’s degree with 2+ years of experience in industrial upstream process development # of Positions: 1

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