Associate Scientist, Optogenetics (Contract)

Redwood City, CA
Research & Development – Research /
Contract /
Adverum is looking for an Associate Scientist with knowledge of molecular biology to join our team in our Redwood City office.  This position reports to a Senior Scientist/Team Leader.  This person will be working with Research, Development, and Discovery.  This role is responsible for developing, characterizing and validating optogenetic gene therapy vectors, and assisting with IND-enabling studies. 

What you'll do:

    • Support the execution of assays for discovery and translational research. Assay read-outs include ELISA, qPCR, FACS, SDS-PAGE, agarose gels and Western blot.
    • Produce, purify, and characterize complex biological molecules like DNA, RNA, protein, and AAV.
    • Maintenance, transfection and transduction of different cell types.
    • Perform sample processing from a variety of tissue types.
    • Order and maintain sufficient inventory of materials and reagents for planned laboratory activities.
    • Follow established protocols and SOPs.
    • Ensure accurate laboratory records and project updates.
    • Participate in team meetings and present technical data.
    • Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, small company environment.
    • Be involved with development, qualification, and transfer of bioanalytical methods to support preclinical and clinical assays
    • Present results, conclusions, and implications to project teams.
    • Maintain excellent documentation of laboratory activities.
    • Perform routine lab maintenance.
    • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

About you:

    • Minimum of a biological science or similar Bachelor’s degree with 6-8 years’ of relevant experience in a biotech company, or a Master’s degree with 4-5 years’ of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Broad knowledge base in molecular biology, and microbiology techniques.
    • Expertise in a variety of laboratory techniques such as recombinant DNA technology, including cloning, DNA/RNA isolation and analysis, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR is required.
    • Expertise in sterile tissue culture techniques including, transfection, transduction, developing and maintaining cell lines is a must.
    • Biochemical techniques including, western blot, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, ELISA are highly desired.
    • Hands-on experience with the execution of bioassays using technologies including qPCR, ddPCR, MSD, Luminex, flow cytometry and cell-based potency assays are advantageous.
    • Experience with sample processing methods to support protein and nucleic acid detection from a variety of animal/human tissues.
    • Experience with other gene expression and protein detection analytical methods.
    • Must be proactive, co-operative, and willing to work in a small team environment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Proficient with MS Office and other commonly used software.
    • Experience with data analysis software like Prism, FlowJo, ImageJ and SoftMax Pro are a plus.
    • Background and understanding of AAV biology is preferable.
    • AAV production experience is advantageous.
    • Understanding or background with optogenetics and calcium imaging assays is also advantageous. 
$30 - $65 an hour
Hourly depends on experience
Adverum is a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ophthalmology and rare diseases. Adverum develops gene therapy product candidates designed to provide durable efficacy by inducing sustained expression of a therapeutic protein. Adverum’s core capabilities include clinical development, novel vector discovery and in-house manufacturing expertise, specifically in scalable process development, assay development, and current Good Manufacturing Practices quality control.
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