Sr. Research Associate / Research Scientist – Cellular Analytical Development (MA)

Job Description
Semma Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing a pluripotent stem cell-based cell therapy for Type 1 diabetes, is seeking a senior research associate/ research scientist to join its growing team. The full-time role will focus on tissue culture, molecular and cellular characterization and analytical developments. Under the supervision of a Principal Scientist and working closely within the Cell Biology Department, the SRA/Scientist will be involved in the implementation of novel R&D programs and be responsible for the day-to-day execution of specific projects. The position will be located in Cambridge/Boston, MA.


  • Culture and differentiation of human Pluripotent Stem cells in various conditions
  • echnological feasibility and improvements and to characterize Cell Product
  • Execution of in vitro assays (Flow Cytometry, ICC/IHC, qRT-PCR, ELISA, …) and best analytical practice implementation
  • Development and troubleshooting cell culture and a wide variety of in vitro assays
  • Development and validation of novel Standard Operating Procedures
  • Due diligence on analytical technology offerings and evaluation
  • Contribute to team and project meetings, day-to day lab operations, including ordering, inventory and LIMS input.

Required qualifications:

  • MS or recent PhD in cell biology or related discipline. 1-2 years of related work experience for MS candidate is required
  • High level of experience with cell culture, cell-based assays, and analytical development
  • Demonstrated excellence in planning, executing and analysing experiments
  • Attention to detail and careful record-keeping, ability to troubleshoot and solve difficult problems
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to write technical reports and protocols
  • Flexible team player excited to collaborate with internal and external partners
  • Highly self-motivated and flexibility in working schedule to accommodate weekend work if necessary.
  • Authorized to legally work in US.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience, preferably in a biotech/pharma or analytical lab setting
  • Experience with embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cell (ESC/hiPSC) culture
  • Experience with genetic stability testing and genomic analysis
  • Knowledge of stem cell directed differentiation and pancreatic islet biology

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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