Research Associate/Associate Scientist (Ocular Biologist) - Contract

Redwood City, CA
Research & Development – Research /
Contract /
Adverum is a clinical stage AAV-based gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ocular and rare diseases. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative Research Associate/Associate Scientist/Scientist with experience in ocular biology to join our team in our Redwood City office. The successful candidate will play a critical role in the development and optimization of Adverum’s gene therapy pipeline of products. This individual will work in a cross-functional team to support the research and development of novel vector technologies and IND-enabling studies.

What you'll do:

    • Perform in vitro assays, analyze experimental data, interpret results, and prepare data for internal presentations.
    • Develop and characterize cell lines as tools to support research programs by means of candidate screening, vector payload optimization, and potency assays.
    • Support transfer of assays to other teams by preparation and documentation of materials.
    • Conduct additional labwork as needed.
    • Collaborate with other departments (Pre-Clinical, Process Development, Analytical Development, etc.) to achieve shared objectives.PhD/Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in life sciences with 2+ years of hands-on laboratory experience in a biotechnology or academic setting.
    • Proficient in tissue culture models – primary and/or cell lines. Experience with ocular cells/explants is required.
    • Experience with molecular biology techniques (such as cloning, DNA/RNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, PCR, ELISA, qPCR, Western blot, MSD).
    • Hands-on experience with transfection (electroporation/chemical) and transduction with viral vectors is advantageous.
    • Proficiency with flow cytometry is desired.
    • Experience with data analysis software like GraphPad Prism, FlowJo, SoftMax Pro, Geneious Prime are a plus.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment effectively.
    • Well organized and able to multitask while maintaining attention to detail and keeping accurate, updated records and electronic notebooks.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interpret, summarize, and present scientific results to both technical and non-technical audiences.

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