Associate Research Scientist

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

Title: Associate Research Scientist

Location: Redwood City, CA

Start date: ASAP


  • The Associate Research Scientist will join the Mechanistic Disease Discovery Research team and aide in the advancement of early stage therapeutic targets.
  • This position contributes to operating a next generation sequencing lab.
  • The position will utilize cellular and molecular biology techniques to engineer and characterize cells expressing or suppressing gene expression through recombinant methods.
  • Engineered cells and cell lines will be profiled for validated expression as well as in vitro functionality of the target(s) through existing or newly-developed assays.
  • Sequencing of primary samples, both tumor and immune-derived, will be key to successfully fulfilling the requirements.
  • General molecular biology involving isolation, manipulation, and characterization of DNA, RNA and proteins
  • Next generation sequencing library preparation and sequencing experience is essential
  • Design of mammalian cell expression vectors for recombinant proteins, inhibitory RNAs, and CRISPRs
  • Mammalian cell culture including hematopoietic cells and cell lines
  • Mammalian cell manipulation including transfection or lentivirus transduction of expression, interfering RNA, or CRISPR vectors
  • Assessment of RNA and protein expression using qRT-PCR, flow cytometry, ELISA, HTRF or western blotting as appropriate
  • Cell cloning and freezing
  • Initial cell-based functional assay development and validation of newly engineered cells
  • Detailed, formal record keeping through electronic notebook
  • Communication of work, plans and progress using written and verbal communication in small and group settings


  • A B.S. with a minimum of 2 years of academic/industrial experience, or an M.S. in molecular biology is required.
  • Experience with a wide range of in-vitro cellular and biochemical assays, including cell culture, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, ELISAs (MSD), reporter assays, siRNA/shRNA knockdown, CRISPR-mediated genome editing, qPCR, cloning, lentivirus generation and transduction and the ability to incorporate state-of-the-art techniques to enhance productivity would be highly desired. Flow cytometry experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in design and construction of cell expression plasmid constructs, site-directed mutagenesis, and recombinant protein vector design is a plus
  • Cell culture techniques including ability to establish transient/stable cells and cell lines through transfections and/or virus transduction.
  • Experience in work with primary cells is a plus.
  • Proficiency in utilizing scientific software such as GraphPad, FlowJo, Cytobank, Spotfire, etc. for data analysis and figure generation is highly desired.
  • Ability to multitask among multiple projects and teams and work independently in a fast-paced, highly interactive environment
  • Demonstrated independence in experimental design, execution, data analysis and troubleshooting is required.
  • Attention to detail with excellent organizational and record keeping skills is a requirement.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with people, internally and externally is required.

Joule, a System One division is a leader in specialized workforce solutions and integrated services. With more than 6,000 employees and roughly 50 offices throughout the U.S. we provide scientific, clinical, engineering, energy, IT, legal and administrative staffing services. For more than 40 years, we have delivered workforce solutions and integrated services to clients nationally.

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