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Research Associate I, Stem Cell Culture and Differentiation

Department: StemCell Gene Editing

Research Associate II, Stem Cell Culture and Differentiation

*A Cover Letter is strongly encouraged to be considered for this role

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of the Allen Institute for Cell Science is to create multi-scale visual models of cell organization, dynamics, and activities. Our approach encompasses large scale data collection, observation, theory, and predictions to understand cellular behavior in normal and pathological contexts. As a division within the Allen Institute, the Allen Institute for Cell Science uses a team-oriented approach, focusing on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a transformational impact on science.

We seek a competent, curious and enthusiastic Research Associate to join a multi-disciplinary and collaborative research team. The Research Associate will use diverse techniques to assist in the maintenance and differentiation of a large number of genome-edited human induced pluripotent stem cell lines (hiPSC) for use in understanding cell organization, cell behavior, and cell identity. The resulting quality-controlled cell lines are also distributed to the research community as part of the Allen Cell Collection. The ideal candidate has a background in cell culture and an interest in developing a range of invaluable tools for cell biology research.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

**Please note, this position requires work approximately 4 to 5 hours on Saturdays or Sundays, flexible scheduling weekdays every week, and holidays.

Essential Functions

  • Preparation of laboratory reagents including human stem cell media
  • Maintenance of human stem cell cultures including feeding, passaging and freezing with strict adherence to internal SOPs
  • Proper handling of hazardous chemicals
  • Maintain accurate and detailed laboratory notebook records
  • Maintain meticulous records of laboratory reagents
  • Stocking and ordering responsibilities
  • Preparation of both written and oral reports on a regular basis
  • Work closely with other scientists to coordinate experiments
  • Adherence to SOPs, GLPs and regulatory requirements
  • Assist in cell line generation and differentiation into other cell types including cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells as needed
  • Assist in cross-functional activities including hand-offs to various teams
  • Compiling data and presenting at team and project meetings

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects managementís assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelorís Degree in cell biology, or a related biological life science field

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 0-2 years of relevant post-undergraduate research experience
  • Proven ability to follow instructions and protocols precisely
  • Experience in the preparation of laboratory reagents
  • Strong background in cell biology
  • Experience or knowledge of laboratory practices related to human stem cell culture or differentiation
  • Strong interpersonal and organization skills, careful attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Work Environment

  • May enter laboratory environment, including potential exposure to lasers, biohazards

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Work on a non-conventional schedule, which includes a partial day on weekends (mentioned above)
  • This role is currently working onsite and remotely when possible, due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance and our policy.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not offer relocation assistance**
  • **Please note, this opportunity does not offer work visa sponsorship**

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status about public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.





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