Research Associate, Protein Sciences (Fermentation)

Austin, TX, USA
Feb 20, 2021
Science/R&D, Research
Lone Star Bio
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
About Molecular Templates:

Molecular Templates (MTEM) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing targeted therapeutics using its innovative proprietary Engineered Toxin Body (ETB) platform. MTEM's first immunotoxin, MT-3724, is in clinical development for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Pipeline products for additional targets and indications are being advanced toward clinical development.

Position Overview:

The Research Associate (RA) is an integral member of the research and development (R&D) team and will be involved in ETB protein production and analysis. This is a laboratory-based position in a team setting. The RA will be responsible for conducting protein production and analysis tasks based on established protocols with all work being documented. Responsibilities may change in line with prioritization at the discretion of the management team.

Job Responsibilities will include:
  • Performs research and/or development in collaboration with others for projects.
  • Makes detailed observations, analyzes data and interprets results.
  • Maintains a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with internal training and scientific literature, as appropriate for the level of work assigned.
  • Presents data and methods in R&D meetings, as needed and assigned.
  • Produces and purifies ETB proteins in an E. coli- based expression system according to established protocols.
  • Conducts analytical protein assays according to established protocols.
  • Accurately documents all tasks in a timely manner.
  • Assists in the design and execution of new experiments or test protocols as needed under the direction of management.
  • Performs general lab maintenance including equipment upkeep, lab cleanliness and organization and solution/reagent preparation.
  • Other tasks, including independent projects, as needed.

  • A bachelor's degree in a life science, chemistry, pharmaceutical science or related field is strongly preferred.
  • Previous lab-based experience (academic or industry) is preferred.
  • Ability to work on problems and projects of limited scope (defined by management).
  • Demonstrated ability to safely follow detailed directions and protocols in a laboratory environment.
  • Relevant experience in a laboratory setting involving molecular biology and recombinant protein expression from a prokaryotic (E. coli) system is required.
  • Experience in molecule biology techniques, required.
  • Experience in operating bioreactor systems for microbial fermentation is highly desired
  • Experience in operating AKTA FPLC system for protein purification is desired.
  • Experience conducting analytical protein assays (i.e. A280 and SDS-PAGE) is required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Ability to build stable working relationships with team members.
  • Strong time-management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer skills with knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Ability to lift to a height of 4 feet, items weighing up to 60 lbs, on a regular basis.

Reporting Structure:

This position reports to R&D management. This can vary in level depending on the specific assignments.

Molecular Templates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

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