Research Assistant, Molecular Biology & Immunology

New York, NY
Convergent Research – Stealth FRO /
Full Time /
This is an exciting opportunity for a research assistant to join a fast-paced, growing FRO startup still in stealth. We are looking for a research assistant to help develop and build platform technologies for adaptive immune cells. The successful candidate has experience in culturing mammalian cells and bacteria and/or sequencing and can perform hands-on wet lab experimentation with a variety of immunological assays. You will work closely with senior scientists and molecular biologists to develop novel immune repertoire assays, standards, and datasets.


    • Perform cell characterization and antibody signaling experiments
    • Culture microbes for plasmid extractions
    • Assist in developing viral vectors 
    • Help develop protocols for flow cytometry and microbiology workflows 
    • Help develop multi-omics sequencing workflows (e.g., 10x Genomics)
    • Setup, operate, and maintain instrumentation (incubators, shakers, flow cytometer,  etc.)
    • Develop reagents and protocols suitable for high-throughput automation
    • Creatively solve challenging experimental problems
    • Analyze and present data
    • Assist in procurement and maintenance of supplies, chemicals, and biological inventories
    • Provide support for general lab startup activities
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others
    • Perform other duties as requested


    • BS/MS in molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, bioengineering or related fields is required
    • At least 2–3 years of hands-on research experience, which includes microbiology, molecular biology, and/or immunology techniques is required
    • Demonstrated proficiency in microbiology, molecular biology, and sterile techniques (media types, plating, CFU quantification)
    • Proficient in molecular biology techniques (cloning, PCR, restriction enzyme digestion, gel electrophoresis)
    • Experience with primary human sample processing a plus (i.e., PBMC, plasma, tissue)
    • Proficient in Word and Excel, experience with Graphpad, FCS Express, FlowJo, and DNA strider a plus
    • Comfortable with using and learning lab automation tools
    • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
    • Strong communication and teamwork skills
    • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
    • Ability to adapt to changing projects and goals
    • Passion for breaking barriers in immunology

Advanced Qualifications (experience in one or all of the following is preferred, but not required):

    • DNA cloning experience using techniques such as PiggyBac, Gibson assembly, or Golden Gate cloning.
    • Experience in flow cytometry
    • Experience in nucleofection of cell lines
    • Experience with any of following: antibody isolation from plasma, directed evolution
    • Experience with bulk or single-cell sequencing (wetlab) and analysis (bioinformatics) 
    • Programming in R or Python

We offer:

    • Competitive compensation: $60,000 - $80,000 a year
    • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance 
    • Generous time off + paid holidays
    • A supportive environment to learn and develop new skills
    • An opportunity to participate in high-impact, fast-paced, cutting-edge, collaborative team science; contribute to curing disease; and work with leading experts from different fields
    • Exciting location in the Soho area of Manhattan
We aim to help fill a structural gap in today's R&D system. We enable fundamental research that requires unusual levels of scale and coordination yet is not rapidly monetizable by industry. We’re bringing together top talent from academia, industry, and startups to build a new model for innovative R&D. As an incubator within the Schmidt Futures Network, we identify high-impact scientific or technical research and development opportunities, ultimately defining and launching these projects as Focused Research Organizations.
We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law or company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.