Research Associate, Cell Therapy Discovery

Durham, NC, United States
Oct 11, 2019
Bio NC
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Research Associate works within the Cell Therapy Discovery team and receives supervision from the Team Leader and other senior scientific members of the team. The Research Associate assists with projects that support development of Cell Therapy platforms in accordance with the goals of Precision BioSciences. The Research Associate position is primarily lab based and will share facilities and resources with other lab-based members of the Cell Therapy Discovery team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. This list contains the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform role-related duties other than those contained in this document.
  • Prepare, aliquot and/or titrate media, buffers, cytokines, antibodies and other reagents for experiments
  • Manufacture, select, culture and maintain cell lines for in vitro and in vivo experiments
  • Generate, organize and catalog cryopreserved stocks of PBMCs, T cells and other primary cells and cell lines for long term storage
  • Design and execute experiments independently to address project goals
  • Produce, characterize and perform functional assays with engineered T cells with limited guidance from senior scientific team members
  • Properly document and update experiments in electronic lab notebook for data accountability
  • Analyze data and create figures for internal and external presentations with limited guidance from senior scientific team members
  • Work collaboratively with other teams at Precision BioSciences on emerging technology and assay development
  • Assist in the general operation of the cell culture lab, including ordering of materials and equipment, stocking of consumable goods, collection and packaging of biohazard waste, monitoring of liquid nitrogen and carbon dioxide reservoirs and general maintenance of the lab


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job successfully.

Education/ Experience
  • Successful candidate should have a BS with 5-10 years of relevant experience or a MS with 2-7 years of relevant experience

  • Ability to independently analyze, comprehend and interpret findings from scientific journals and presentations to help address project goals
  • Experience with cell line and primary cell maintenance
  • Capability to do mathematical calculations to figure out concentrations, cell numbers, molarity, dilutions and other relevant procedures
  • Knowledge of common cell-based in vitro techniques, ability to follow written protocols and proven track record of independent experimental design and execution
  • Ability to clearly and accurately describe experimental hypothesis, design and findings during oral presentations
  • Reliable data acquisition, analysis, organization and reporting
  • Collaborative attitude and desire and ability to learn new techniques
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite

  • Previous research experience in the fields of immunology, microbiology, oncology and/or cell biology
  • Familiarity with human cancer models
  • Familiarity with common statistical assessments and data analysis techniques
  • Previous experience with flow cytometry and T cell assays
  • Previous experience with an electronic lab notebook
  • Experience with Graphpad prism and flow cytometric data analysis software

Travel Requirements
  • This position requires little travel, restricted to occasional attendance at relevant scientific talks, meetings, and conferences.
  • The Research Associate will be expected to travel to all applicable locations when needed.

  • This position is located at the main headquarters located in Durham, NC and is required to physically be and work in the office to maximize efficiency, and at managers discretion.

Precision BioSciences is dedicated to improving life through its proprietary genome editing platform, ARCUS. Precision BioSciences leverages ARCUS in the development of its product candidates which are designed to treat human diseases and create healthy and sustainable food and agriculture solutions. Precision BioSciences is actively developing product candidates in three innovative areas: allogeneic CAR T immunotherapy, in vivo gene correction, and food.

Precision BioSciences provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Precision BioSciences complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.