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Senior Research Associate, Flow Cytometry

Sana Biotechnology
South San Francisco, CA
Start date
Oct 4, 2022

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About the role

Sana Biotechnology is growing, and we are hiring new team members who believe in the potential of engineered cells as medicines, who want to challenge status quo, and who lead with the desire to work on novel ideas. As Senior Research Associate, you will report to the Senior Scientist to help a multi-disciplinary team of scientists in developing and implementing flow cytometry instrumentation and methods to support the advancement of Sana’s cell therapy programs. You will work with team members in Analytical Development and Process Development to perform flow cytometry assays to assess cell health, phenotype, and functionality for our cell therapy programs. You will also gain experience in automated data analysis for flow cytometry and commercialization of cell therapy products.  Cool stuff.

What you’ll do

  • Perform flow cytometry assays to support the characterization, process development, stability testing, and release testing of cell therapy products
  • Perform mammalian cell culture of primary and immortalized cell lines
  • Perform calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of instruments and reagents
  • Create detailed documentation of experimental procedures and results in the electronic laboratory notebook
  • Deliver scientific presentations, prepare technical reports, and draft/revise analytical test methods.
  • Contribute to flow cytometry best practices
  • Maintain inventory of reagents and improve operational efficiency in the laboratory

What we’re looking for

  • Senior Research Associate: Bachelor’s degree in Immunology, Cell Biology, or related field with 4 years of relevant experience or master’s degree with 1+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience performing multi-color flow cytometry experiments, specifically experience with antibody staining and flow cytometer set-up procedures
  • Attention to detail, with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thrive in a high paced team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work from multiple projects

What will separate you from the crowd

  • Experience analyzing flow cytometry data independently using FlowJo
  • Experience with culturing and characterizing T cells and pluripotent stem cells using flow cytometry
  • Experience working in a regulated GxP environment
  • Familiarity with regulatory guidelines from the FDA, ICH, USP, etc.
  • Familiarity with development and/or commercialization of cell-based therapeutics, including the development of analytical methods

What you should know

  • Ability to work in BSL-1 and BSL-2 labs
  • Prolonged standing and/or sitting
  • Manual dexterity required to operate office and lab equipment
  • Occasional weekend work
  • Occasional travel to other Sana locations
  • 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 be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including receipt of a vaccine booster shot if recommended by the CDC

How we work together

  • Lead from every seat – we seek to understand, act with honesty, and engage in the crucial conversations
  • Thrive as a team – we hire amazing people, are intensely curious, and cultivate inclusion and personal connectivity
  • Make it happen – we value vigorous debate, alignment around our decisions, and resilient execution

Get to know us

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.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. For benefit eligible employees, we cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off, parental leave, short- and long-term disability, employer paid basic life insurance,  additional voluntary life insurance protection, financial wellness programs including financial planning resources, a 401(k) Plan with an immediately vested employer match, Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Repayment, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.

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, social class (including caste/caste identity), 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.

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.


Sana Biotechnology, Inc. is focused on creating and delivering engineered cells as medicines for patients. We share a vision of repairing and controlling genes, replacing missing or damaged cells, and making our therapies broadly available to patients. We are a team of 320 plus scientists, engineers, clinicians and biotechnology veterans creating an enduring company that makes meaningful medicines and changes how we approach treating disease. Sana has operations in Seattle, Cambridge, and South San Francisco.

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Sana Biotechnology
188 East Blaine Street, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98102
United States
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