Research Associate II, Assay Development (Contract)

Redwood City, CA
Research & Development – Assay Development /
Contract /
Adverum is looking for a Research Associate II or III to join our team in our Redwood City office. This position reports to a Scientist/Team Leader in Assay Development.  This person will be working with Assay Development, Quality Control, and Process Development departments.  This role is responsible for testing and troubleshooting molecular biology, ligand binding and protein characterization assays in support of product and process characterization.

What you'll do:

    • Work with senior scientific personnel to test and troubleshoot molecular biology, ligand binding and protein characterization assays in a subset of the following categories: 
    • Molecular biology assays including qPCR, ddPCR, and nucleic acid extraction
    • Ligand binding assays including ELISA
    • Protein characterization assays including chromatography, electrophoresis, and light scattering assays
    • Execute experimental plans.
    • Conduct sample analysis following standard procedures.
    • Participate in decisions on experimental approaches and interpretation of data.
    • Author test procedures, documented standard test methods, and SOPs.
    • Present project status updates to AD team members.
    • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory requirements for product characterization assays.
    • Maintain excellent documentation of laboratory activities.
    • Perform routine lab maintenance.
    • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

About you:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a life sciences field with 2+ years of relevant experience in a biotech company or fast-paced academic research lab, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience in generating high quality and reproducible data employing accurate documentation is required.
    • Knowledge of protein and DNA chemistry is required.
    • Experience with molecular biology, ligand binding, and/or protein characterization assays is strongly desired.
    • Experience in AAV-based gene therapy is a plus.
    • Knowledge of SoftMaxPro, QuantStudio, Empower, and/or other common analytical software is a plus.
    • Must be a self-starter, proactive, cooperative, and proficient at working both independently and in a small team environment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Proficient with MS Office and other common office software.