Research Associate I

Molecular Sciences – Vancouver, Washington
Department Molecular Sciences
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Highly competitive salary and benefits package

Research Associate I, Molecular Sciences 

AbSci is a venture-backed biotechnology company located in a newly constructed, state-of-the art laboratory in charming downtown Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon. AbSci is a global leader in cutting-edge protein production technologies committed to reducing costs in the biopharmaceutical industry. AbSci’s technology enables dramatic reductions in the cost of producing novel and existing biologics, acceleration of drug discovery timelines, and increased efficiency and flexibility throughout the manufacturing process.

Job Summary and Responsibilities:

The Research Associate I, under direction of established Scientists, will play a significant role in the further development and utilization of AbSci’s proprietary E. coli expression platform. Core responsibilities include utilizing modern cloning strategies to construct expression vectors, executing genetic modifications to AbSci’s microbial expression strain, and supporting small-scale protein expression studies. The ideal candidate will exhibit technical proficiency, attention to detail, a passion for scientific creativity, and be comfortable in a dynamic startup environment where priorities change and develop rapidly.

Qualifications:

  • BS or MS degree in Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline
  • 2-5 years of relevant hands-on research experience
  • Well-versed in molecular biology as a primary capability
  • Experience with a diverse range of DNA manipulation methods, including PCR, restriction enzyme-based and restriction-free cloning methods
  • Experience with handling microorganisms in microtiter plates, tubes, and shake flask cultivation scales
  • Familiarity with SDS-PAGE and Western blotting
  • Basic biochemistry skills are a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and Google Docs and Sheets. Familiarity with DNA analysis software is desirable
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail, and strong organizational habits

AbSci offers highly competitive salaries and benefits, including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, and 401(k) with a generous company match.

Local candidates will be given preference.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, Washington
  • Department
    Molecular Sciences
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level
  • Compensation
    Highly competitive salary and benefits package
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