Associate Research Scientist


Cambridge, Massachusetts

7 days ago

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Job Description

Job Title: Associate Research Scientist
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02141
Duration: 12 Months
Local Candidates Only

Job Summary:

The Mechanism of Cancer Resistance (MoCR) Thematic Research Center (TRC) is seeking a highly motivated Associate Scientist to support Discovery Biology research programs at our facility in Cambridge, MA. The ideal candidate will contribute to our discovery pipeline from the bench by taking responsibility for developing, optimizing, and troubleshooting cellular assays to characterize and advance novel molecules of interest. We are currently seeking a candidate with 4+ years of practical experience in preclinical laboratory work. The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment and make meaningful contributions as a valued member of our dynamic drug discovery team. Key attributes will include strong organizational skills, a proven track record of high productivity, and excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.

Job Responsibilities:
• Working both independently and collaboratively to support cutting-edge Oncology drug discovery biology programs.
• Develop and execute mechanistic in vitro cellular assays to characterize mechanism of action of novel compounds.
• Cell culture maintenance, cryopreservation, validation, and inventory management.
• Maintain detailed and organized records of protocols and experimental results.
• Collaborate cross-functionally with other team members to advance programs.
• Analyze, interpret, and present experimental data in team meetings.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular/Cell Biology, biochemistry or a related discipline, with 4+ years of relevant work experience.
• Strong hands-on experience in mammalian cell culture including expertise in aseptic technique, culture optimization, cell counting, cryopreservation, and validation methods.
• Experience in managing or supporting cell banking, and familiarity with databases such as Mosaic, would be a plus but not required.
• Proficiency in experimental design, data analysis, and a range of biology skill sets including in vitro cell assay development, plate-based assays, Western blotting, protein quantification, ELISA, MSD, transfections, lentiviral transductions, siRNA/shRNA/CRISPR, qPCR, and viability assays.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a cross-functional collaborative team.
• Strong proficiency in workload planning, prioritization, organization, time management, meticulous attention to detail, and consistent follow-through.
• Experience utilizing electronic notebooks is preferred, and basic proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.
• Self-motivated, adaptable, eager to develop new skills, and possesses a positive attitude.

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Benefits: SPECTRAFORCE offers ACA compliant health benefits as well as dental, vision, accident, critical illness, voluntary life, and hospital indemnity insurances to eligible employees. Additional benefits offered to eligible employees include commuter benefits, 401K plan with matching, and a referral bonus program. SPECTRAFORCE provides unpaid leave as well as paid sick leave when required by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer: SPECTRAFORCE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Please contact Human Resources at if you require reasonable accommodation. 
At SPECTRAFORCE, we are committed to maintaining a workplace that ensures fair compensation and wage transparency in adherence with all applicable state and local laws. This position’s starting pay is: $52.00/hr.

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