Research Associate, In Vitro Pharmacology

Austin, TX, USA
Apr 02, 2021
Lone Star Bio
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Company Overview:

Molecular Templates is a clinical-stage company focused on the discovery and development of targeted biologic therapeutics. Our proprietary drug platform technology, known as engineered toxin bodies, or ETBs, leverages the resident biology of a genetically engineered form of Shiga-like Toxin A subunit to create novel therapies with potent and differentiated mechanisms of action for cancer and other serious diseases. For more information, please visit MTEM's website at

Position Overview:

The Research Associate (RA) is an integral member of the research and development (R&D) team and will be involved in testing ETBs in cellular assays and data analysis. This is a laboratory-based position in a team setting. The RA will be responsible for conducting mammalian cell culture, executing cellular assays 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.
  • Generates cell culture reagents (media, supplements) and assists in maintaining the cell culture lab inventory
  • Cultures mammalian cells according to established protocols and manages the culture of multiple cell lines simultaneously.
  • Conducts cell-based assays according to established protocols, including but not limited to cytotoxicity assays and basic flow cytometry.
  • 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.
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by supervisor, as needed.
  • Performs general lab maintenance including equipment upkeep, lab cleanliness and organization and solution/reagent preparation

  • 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 mammalian cell culture and aseptic technique is strongly preferred.
  • Experience conducting multi-well cell-based assays is desirable
  • 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.

Reporting Structure:

This position reports to Research 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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