Senior Research Associate (Cell Culture Production) - San Diego, CA | Biospace
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Senior Research Associate (Cell Culture Production)


San Diego, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Cell Culture, Drug Discovery, Scientist, Senior Research Associate,

Job Description

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. For four years in a row, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the Company, please visit

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is seeking an experienced Senior Research Associate to contribute to drug discovery in the areas of high-throughput cell culture production.

Key Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work in a team setting on the development, validation, and execution of human stem cell production for drug discovery. The candidate will be responsible for the utilization of automated systems to enable effective production of human stem cells and its derivatives to support discovery projects. The candidate will also be responsible for applying cell biology measures to develop necessary know-how and establish new and reliable cell culture production protocols. The successful candidate will apply technical proficiency in experimental design and data generation skills to provide conclusions and recommendations on next steps. The position requires a high degree of reliability, independence, attention to detail, data analysis and interpretation skills, as well as strong communication skills.


Minimum Qualifications:
- BS or MS in Biology, Neuroscience, Cell Biology or a related science
- Must have 4+ years of experience with standard sterile tissue culture and cell biology techniques required for the routine handling and maintenance of primary human cells and stem cells
- Experience in scaling of primary or human stem cells
- Demonstrated strong understanding of cell-based assay development, validation, and miniaturization as well as best practices to ensure reliability, efficiency, and quality control of large scale assays

- Experience with liquid handling equipment and general plate handling automation
- Experience with iPSC derived neuronal cell culture
- Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Embody the Vertex Core Values of Fearless Pursuit of Excellence, Innovation is Our Lifeblood and “We” Wins
- Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, highly-matrixed work environment
- A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.