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Senior Research Associate, Analytical Tech Transfer

Sana Biotechnology
South San Francisco, CA
Start date
Feb 5, 2024

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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 a Senior Research Associate, Analytical Tech Transfer Person in Plant (PiP), you will report to Director, Flow Cytometry to oversee day-to-day analytical activities at Sana’s key contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). This will include coordinating with the Analytical Development (AD) team and providing onsite training and assay transfer support at the CDMO for Sana’s cell therapy programs. You will be an essential business partner with Technical Operations and will support Sana’s analytical control strategy and bring Sana’s pipeline to patients across the world. Cool stuff.

What you’ll do

  • Partner with Sana’s internal technical functions to execute assay transfer plans and provide onsite training and support as Person-in-Plant (PiP) for CDMO
  • Monitor assay transfer activities and report on CDMO’s performance against assay transfer plans and timelines
  • Identifies, notifies, and/or escalates risks and issues that may impact program timelines, resource requirements, finances, or business relationships
  • Effectively communicates project, performance, and resource issues to management and within project teams
  • Ensure CDMO delivers to support Sana’s business needs, including flexibility to accommodate changing program timelines and compliance with GMP practices as well as Sana's Quality expectations

What we’re looking for

  • Bachelor’s or MS in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, or a related scientific discipline with 2-4 years of related work experience
  • Technical expertise in at least two of the following areas: multi-color flow cytometry assays, cell-based functional assays, viral titer assays, and molecular assays utilizing ddPCR and/or qPCR
  • Hands-on experience with using the following analytical instruments: BD FACSLyric, Beckman Coulter CytoFLEX, and Miltenyi MACSQuant flow cytometers; MESO QuickPlex MSD instrument; and Bio-Rad QX200 ddPCR system
  • Proven ability to multitask, build strong relationships, and communicate effectively
  • High degree of self-motivation
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing business conditions

What will separate you from the crowd

  • Experience working with or at a cell and gene therapy CDMO for early to pivotal phase products or in a tech transfer role

What you should know

  • The base pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $88,000 and $100,000/year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Working in BSL-2 and BSL-2+ labs is required
  • Occasional weekend work is required
  • Up to 50% travel is required

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 (various paid time off benefits, such as holidays, vacation, sick time, and 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.  For more details on our benefits, visit Sana’s Benefits Portal.

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 passionate group of people working together to create an enduring company that changes how the world treats disease. Sana has operations in Seattle, Cambridge, South San Francisco, and Rochester.

Company info
Sana Biotechnology
188 East Blaine Street, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98102

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