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Associate Scientist/Scientist, NGS

Boston, MA
Ascidian Therapeutics is hiring a Associate Scientist/Scientist, NGS!
Come join our team, and together we’ll revolutionize gene therapy! 

We are
Ascidian Biotherapeutics! A Boston based, VC-backed biotech startup that uses a unique molecular technology to unlock gene therapy.  

We want you
To join our rapidly expanding team and help us form Ascidian into a startup that takes science seriously while providing a supportive and positive environment. We’ll benefit from your skills and talent while enriching your professional and scientific experience as we grow the company together.

Our aim
Gene therapy is entering a new era, as the scientific community continuously pushes the field forward. But current technologies cannot overcome the challenges of many diseases. Ascidian’s unique approach aims to unlock these doors and in doing so, enable treatment for millions of patients worldwide.

Where?
Ascidian is located in Boston within the brand new SmartLabs facility at 40 Guest St. in Boston, MA.

We are seeking an Associate Scientist in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS),  to be based in our Boston-area location, who will:
  • Help to build the burgeoning Ascidian Boston genomics platform by establishing new NGS capabilities
  • Help to create and foster an entrepreneurial and creative culture that will deliver transformational therapies to patients
  • Design and execute NGS library prep for multiple gene therapy discovery programs
  • Balance quality and speed, working closely with other scientists to advance projects involving molecular cloning and cell-based assays
  • Perform independent data analysis and electronic notebook record keeping
  • Support the creation and expansion of the company’s intellectual property
General Requirements:
  • Bachelor's or Master's in a life sciences-related discipline with a minimum of 5-years of relevant laboratory experience
  • Expert in NGS library preparation and sequencing 
  • Passion for working at the bench to advance programs and solve technical challenges
  • Self-motivation and adaptability to evolving project priorities and responsibilities
  • Effective communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic, and driven and motivated by a team-oriented culture
Additional skills/experience beneficial, but not required:
  • Experimental skills in NGS library preparation and sequencing
  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry experience
Additional skills/experience beneficial, but not required:
  • Experience with viral and non-viral gene therapy drug discovery
  • Experience with RNA processing
  • Experience with high-throughput screening, including Massively Parallel Reporter Assays
     
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