Research Associate I - Automated Tissue Culture Platform

Allen Institute For Cell Science Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Description:

The goal of the Allen Institute for Cell Science is to advance understanding of cell behavior in its normal, pathological, and regenerative contexts. The Institute, located in Seattle, Washington, employs a multi-disciplinary team approach to generate novel cellular reagents, models, and databases that are informed by and open to the community. The Institute aims to understand cells, individually and in collectives, as an integrated system of organelles, molecular machines, and regulatory complexes that are repurposed and specialized to generate the plethora of observed cellular behaviors. It will do this using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), gene editing, and live cell imaging, developing predictive models and theory, and creating a novel multi-scale, dynamic and visual output for the experiments and models.

Position Summary

The goal of the Microscopy Pipeline team is to develop and implement a high throughput pipeline of image-based assays of cell organization, activity, and function. We are seeking a technically competent and enthusiastic Research Associate to join the team and be responsible for the maintenance, expansion and quality control of many gene edited human inducible Pluripotent Stem Cell on an automated tissue culture platform. The Research Associate will be responsible for sample production used in image-based cell biology studies aimed at understand cell behavior in its normal, pathological and regenerative contexts. The ideal candidate has a strong background in automation process, stem cell biology and an interest in developing a range of invaluable tools for live cell imaging.

Job Responsibilities

  • Follow protocols and workflows for sterile cell culture maintenance and seeding on imaging compatible surfaces

  • Automate protocols and workflows using robotic equipment

  • Test and troubleshoot new cell lines, methods and equipment

  • Maintain meticulous records and organize a schedule based on imaging demand

  • Participate in the automated 3D live cell image acquisition pipeline

  • Work closely with other scientists to coordinate complex and standardized experiments

  • Adhere to SOPs and regulatory requirements

Basic Requirements

  • BA/BS in bioengineering or a related biological life science field

  • 0-2 years of relevant post-undergraduate research experience

  • Hands on experience with process automation and robotic liquid handler

  • Hands on experience with cell culture

  • Hands on experience with live cell imaging

  • Available for work shift scheduled on weekend

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Strong organization skills and careful attention to detail

  • Able to follow instructions and protocols precisely and reliably

  • Able to work independently and in a collaborative team environment

  • Strong background in stem cell biology preferred

this position does NOT offer visa sponsorship or relocation assistance

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


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