Research Associate, T cell Therapeutics

Jul 19, 2021
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, which is focused on making gene and cell therapies more accessible for our patients. You will be assisting our T cell program through support of IND-enabling preclinical experiments, while working closely alongside our colleagues to improve the gene therapy platform and its technologies. This role reports to the Senior Research Associate.

  • Cell culture: Routine work with adherent and suspension cell culture, including primary cells
  • Vector production: Consistent production, analytics, storage, and documentation of viral vector
  • Flow cytometry: Execution and analysis of multi-color panels and resulting experiments
  • Molecular biology: Molecular cloning methods including primer design, PCR, restriction digest and ligation, Gibson or Golden Gate assembly, and plasmid preparation
  • Collaboration: Working closely alongside colleagues to share knowledge and drive change
  • Communication: Reviewing and presenting data cross-functionally at group meetings
  • Documentation: Comply with standard laboratory practices and company policies, including documentation of all experimental work in an electronic laboratory notebook
  • 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
  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline with 1+ years of laboratory experience, or equivalent
  • Experience in mammalian tissue culture while adhering to rigorous standards of good lab practices, safety, and documentation
  • Experience in molecular biology methods including PCR, restriction digest and ligation, and plasmid preparation
  • Detail-oriented with good problem-solving, technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong self-starter and independent thinker with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively 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
  • Experience with viral vector production and analytics
  • Knowledge of immunology with a focus on T cell biology
  • Familiarity with protein structure and function/protein engineering
  • Knowledge of Benchling software

  • Ability to work within and promote a clean and sanitary laboratory environment
  • Wear laboratory personal protective equipment, and work within a biosafety cabinet
  • Perform work in standing and sitting positions and execute periodic repetitive manipulations
  • Some weekend and/or off-shift work may be required, with the ability to travel 5% of the time

  • This position will be a laboratory bench role that will require light physical work (lift up to 25 lbs.)

To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each job responsibility satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions described above.

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.

We are 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.