Research Associate, T Cell Therapeutics

May 29, 2021
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sana Biotechnology is seeking a creative and highly-motivated individual to join the T cell Therapeutics team, who will help bring gene and cell therapies to patients. This individual will be responsible for advancing Sana's gene therapy platform and T cell programs by performing IND-enabling preclinical experiments while working closely with other members of the gene therapy team and process development teams.

  • Cell culture: Working with adherent and suspension cell culture, including primary cells
  • Viral vector production: Routine viral vector production, titration, storage, and documentation
  • Flow cytometry: Execution and analysis of multi-color flow cytometry experiments
  • Molecular biology:Molecular cloning using methods such as primer design, PCR, restriction digest/ligation, Gibson or Golden Gate assembly, and plasmid preparation
  • Working closely with other members of the gene therapy and process development teams to share and apply knowledge advancements
  • Reviewing and presenting data cross-functionally at department meetings and larger forums.
  • Comply with standard laboratory practices and company policies, including documentation of all experimental work in an electronic laboratory notebook
  • Perform additional lab tasks as assigned
  • Demonstrate Sana's core values and the attributes that support these core values (Lead from every seat, Thrive as a team, Make it happen)


Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelors' degree in a scientific discipline with 1+ years of laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in mammalian tissue culture and multi-color flow cytometry while adhering to rigorous standards of good lab practices, safety, and documentation.
  • Experience in molecular biology methods including PCR, RT-qPCR, restriction digest/ligation, Gibson/Golden Gate assembly, and plasmid preparation
  • Experience performing viral vector production, process development, and analytics
  • Detail-oriented with good problem-solving, technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-site team
  • Working safely in person on a predictable and regular in-person basis is an essential job function for this position and the Company requires that all individuals working in-person, subject to certain exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of immunology with a focus on T cell biology
  • Gene editing experience using CRISPR
  • Familiarity with protein structure and function/protein engineering
  • A strong self-starter and independent thinker with a strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of R, Python, JMP, Spotfire, Benchling and FlowJo software

  • Ability to work in a clean and sanitary laboratory environment
  • Wear laboratory personal protective equipment
  • Work within a biosafety cabinet
  • Perform work in standing and sitting positions
  • Perform periodic repetitive manipulations
  • Some weekend and/or off-shift work may be required
  • Ability to travel 10% of the time

  • This is a laboratory bench role
  • Engage in light physical work (ability to lift up to 25 pounds)
  • Long reach may be required to access workspaces

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

The Company is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. We cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off, parental leave, short and long term disability, financial wellness programs, a 401(k) Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.