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Vor Northeastern University Co-Op - Cellular and Molecular Biology

Cambridge, MA
Vor Biopharma is a biotechnology company focused on development of engineered hematopoietic stem cell (eHSC) therapies. By removing biologically redundant proteins from our eHSCs, these cells become inherently invulnerable to complementary targeted therapies, thereby unleashing the potential of targeted therapies to benefit cancer patients in need. Through expertise in gene editing, HSC biology, transplants, and oncology, Vor Biopharma hopes to establish a future standard of care for stem cell transplants.
 
Position Summary
We are seeking a Co-op trainee to join an exciting, fast-growing and well-financed new company to develop novel gene editing therapies for serious diseases. The successful candidates will be integral in discovering and developing the next generation of genetic therapies for a wide range of indications. The position requires enthusiasm, passion, attention to detail and a desire to create new medicines for patients.
 
Responsibilities
  • Perform research with the aims of developing therapeutics using CRISPR-based gene editing tools
  • Perform research requiring cell biology techniques including hematopoietic stem cell culture, transfection, FACS, and cell-based assays
  • Perform research requiring molecular biology techniques including qPCR, RNA and DNA analysis, ddPCR and other plate-based assays
  • Analysis and presentation of experimental data

Minimum Qualifications
  • Curriculum in biology or related discipline, with 2+ years of relevant research experience
  • Extensive experience with mammalian cell culture techniques, DNA & RNA isolation and qRT-PCR
  • Proficient in flow cytometry, including preparation of samples, and analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Track record of intellectually challenging oneself to enhance scientific capabilities
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a results-oriented research team; highly organized with significant attention to detail
Preferred Qualifications
  • Should have taken classes/courses of biology or related discipline
  • Laboratory experience in the domains of Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry
  • Familiarity with MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Competencies
  • Flexibility An adventurous spirit, exhibiting A readiness in undertaking a task or project with considerable initiative and risk. The ability to adapt to working effectively within a variety of situations; adapts enthusiastically to organizational change and to changes in job demands.
  • Communication and Teamwork Effectively express ideas in written, visual and oral context. The ability to work cooperatively with others; the genuine desire to be a part of a team and contribute to organizational and team goals.
  • Passion Creates an exciting environment where there is a true passion for the vision of Vor Biopharma to bring novel medicines to patients suffering from serious diseases.
  • Results Orientation / Productive Work Habits Drives issues to closure and gets the job done. Skilled at analyzing scope of work, as well as planning and executing a successful outcome. Understands and assigns/utilizes resources effectively and efficiently.
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