Senior Associate Scientist I, Stem Cell Research

Bluebird Bio, Inc. Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 12 months ago

Senior Associate Scientist, Stem Cell Biology

If you are someone with a passion for getting under the hood of gene therapy, then bluebird bio's Vector Biology group is the place for you. Collaboration is central to our everyday function because we understand that a viral vector is just the beginning of the process of creating transformative medicine. We work closely with the Stem Cell and Oncology teams to grow innovative ideas into exciting new programs. Join our team where our ambition is a as bold as our science and help us explore creative new ways of designing, engineering, and producing viral vectors.

The focus of this role is to provide support for the testing and development of lentiviral vector-modified hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) for various disease indications. We are looking for a motivated individual with excellent technical skills and a strong team spirit.

Activities include:

  • Participate in ongoing research projects investigating novel strategies utilizing gene modified HSCs for correcting genetic diseases.

  • Perform complex technical work related to stem cell biology, viral gene transfer, and molecular biology, including tissue culture, flow cytometry, western blot, enzymatic assays, and qPCR.

  • Participate in designing, writing and updating protocols.

  • Performance of general laboratory tasks, including maintenance of equipment.

  • Maintain accurate and reliable record keeping including database management, notebooks, and all other pertinent documentation.

  • Compile, analyze and present data to functional teams.

Qualifications:

  • BS in cell biology, molecular biology or similar discipline with at least 4 years related experience in a laboratory environment.

  • Mammalian cell culture experience is required, primary cell experience desired.

  • Experience with flow cytometry and qPCR is preferred.

  • Experience with lentiviral vector transduction preferred.

  • Prior hands-on experience with execution of mouse studies preferred.

  • Ability to take ownership of projects and results.

  • Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem-solving ability.

  • Excellent organizational skills, sufficient to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.

  • Strong verbal and written skills; ability to provide focus and clarity; able to handle confidential information and material appropriately.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment, meet deadlines, prioritize and balance work from multiple individuals.

  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself.

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