(Sr) Research Assoc, Cell Culture/Bio-process (Encapsulation R&D) (RI)

Job Description
Semma Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing a stem cell-based cell therapy for Type 1 Diabetes, is seeking a Research Associate to join its growing encapsulation team. The full-time role will focus on preparing Semma’s stem cell derived islets for encapsulation into a variety of delivery modalities. The Fill-Finish RA will serve as a general cell culture specialist for the Delivery group and will be involved in development of assays and processes to enable device evaluation. The position will be located in Providence, RI.

Responsibilities:

  • The RA will work to perform tissue culture operations include cell thawing, transfer, aliquoting, and density manipulations as well as solution preparation and both cell- and device-specific analytics
  • Work within a small team to culture and prepare stem cell-derived islets for encapsulation
  • Perform assays related to in-process controls and product release
  • Provide user feedback for continued development of process instrumentation
  • Manage material inventory for encapsulation and cell culture activities
  • Maintain cells in culture including routine media exchange, harvest, and sampling
  • Oversee scheduling of routine maintenance, calibration, and decontamination of the tissue culture suites
  • The position will also be involved in tech transfer to the GMP manufacturing group, including documentation and hands-on transfer of protocols and regulatory submissions

Required qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Life Sciences, Bio-Engineering, or related discipline
  • Experience in cell processing and harvest
  • Demonstrated ability to perform technical manipulations using aseptic technique
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of scientists, physicians, engineers, regulatory specialists and business professionals
  • Demonstrated excellence in planning, executing, and analyzing experiments
  • Experience with programs such as Excel, GraphPad Prism and PowerPoint for data analysis and presentation
  • Adaptive and a quick learner, efficient in multi-tasking and trouble-shooting, highly organized and good record keeping, excellent inter-personal and communication skills to excel in team work environment
  • Flexibility in working schedule to accommodate weekend work.
  • Authorized to legally work in US

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience culturing and handling stem cell-derived tissues
  • Prior work in suspension culture
  • Proficiency developing and running analytical assays to characterize cell products
  • Experience with islet cultures and associated assays
  • Experience in cell encapsulation

Please note that applicants should have authorization to work in the United States. Semma offers competitive pay, health insurance, time-off among other benefits. Please, fill out the form below and include your resume.

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