Associate Scientist / Senior Research Associate – FACS/Cell Biology

94063, Redwood City
Nov 05, 2018
Req 89
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Atreca is a biotechnology company focused on applying its Immune Repertoire Capture™ technology to discover and develop novel cancer immunotherapeutics.  Located in Redwood City, California, Atreca is looking for talented, entrepreneurial people who are dedicated to making a positive impact on human health.  We have a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to become a key member of a growing biotechnology company.

We are looking for a detailed-oriented Sr. Research Associate/Associate Scientist who is able to work independently and proactively with minimal supervision to generate high-quality data in a fast-paced environment. In this position, the successful candidate will apply her/his skills in flow cytometry and immunology to develop methods to enrich for B and T cell populations and to sort cells into microplates.  The candidate’s past experience with high-throughput cell sorting and immune cell biology will help us implement our novel technology and discover key drivers of effective immune responses.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Routine fluorescence-labeling and sorting of immune cells into microplates for single cell sequencing
  • Optimization of B and T cell sorting methods.
  • PBMC isolation from peripheral blood
  • Analysis of data and preparation of reports/summary
  • Troubleshooting and devising alternative strategies when necessary
  • Providing training and direction to Research Associates as needed
  • Supporting all FACS/Cell Biology needs of the team
  • Following laboratory safety guidelines and practices


  • A degree in immunology, cell biology or related discipline
  • BS/BA with 5+ years or MS with 3+ years of relevant research experience.  Title will be commensurate with experience
  • Experience with flow cytometry is required.
  • Highly preferred: experience directly using FACS sorters to isolate cells
  • Experience with the FACSAria, FACSJazz or Influx a plus
  • Experience with primary cell cultures, cell-based assays, immunology, cancer biology a plus
  • Experience in BSL 2 environments a plus 
  • Conscientious and excellent bench skills
  • Excellent critical thinking, technical, trouble-shooting and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, time management and record keeping skills
  • Proven ability to independently design and execute experiments of moderate complexity
  • Ability to analyze, interpret data, and report conclusions accurately and in a timely manner
  • Ability to support multiple projects while meeting ambitious goals and timelines
  • Self-motivated; possess a strong sense of urgency to drive a project to completion and ability to prioritize tasks accordingly
  • Candidate must be flexible and have the ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Atreca is an equal opportunity employer