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Research Associate

Orca Bio

Orca Bio

Menlo Park, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Over one million people in the world today are fighting blood cancer. While a traditional allogeneic stem cell transplant has been the best hope for many patients, the transplant itself can prove fatal or lead to serious conditions, such as graft versus host disease.
Orca Bio's investigational, high-precision cell therapies are designed to replace a patient's compromised blood and immune system with a healthy one, while dramatically lowering the risk of developing life-threatening or debilitating transplant-related side-effects. The first application of Orca Bio’s platform is in blood cancer where the unmet need is most acute; with a robust pipeline of promising cell therapies, we plan to extend into autoimmune diseases and genetic blood disorders as well.
The Research Associate is responsible for process optimization and lab activities in the production of cellular therapies in support of clinical studies.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Faithfully execute scientific protocols
  • Develop cell therapy for blood diseases
  • Optimize cell assays
  • Use cell separation technologies
  • Learn and perform flow cytometry and analyze data
  • Work with new technology
  • Maintain mammalian cell cultures
  • Review and support continuous improvements of records and SOPs
  • Analyze results, maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes
  • Participate in group research discussions
  • Instrument set-up and preparation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and operation
  • Train new hires Participate in group research discussions

Educational Requirements and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field
  • +0-3 years of experience in process sciences, discovery research or manufacturing is ideal
  • A background in immunology, oncology or cell therapy is preferred
  • Mammalian cell culture experience, experience working with PBMC’s a plus
  • Experience with aseptic techniques is preferred
  • Breadth of knowledge of cell therapy and clinical manufacturing, cell processing technologies, cell characterization methods, validation and quality systems
  • Willingness to work on a flexible schedule and to work in a BSL-2 environment

Personal Qualities

  • Highly detail oriented with special attention to quality and quality control
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic, curiosity to learn and contribute in a fast-paced collaborative environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication, are essential
  • Ability to work in a collegial and collaborative manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and informal startup environment
  • Highly tolerant and respectful of all members of our team
  • Sense of humor
  • Strong problem-solving skills with desire to improve upon established processes
The anticipated annual salary range for this U.S. based job is $65,000– $85,000. The final offer will be based on professional experience previously in this role/industry, education, geographic location, internal equity, and other job-related factors as permitted by law. For remote-based candidates, this range may vary based on your local market. Actual compensation may vary. You will also be eligible to receive pre-IPO equity, in addition to medical, dental, vision, PTO, 401(k) plan, life and accidental death and disability coverage, and parental leave benefits. Total compensation will be determined at the Company's sole discretion.
Who we are
We are driven by a passion for science and compassion for patients. We act with urgency to ensure our treatments are one day accessible to all patients who need them.
We strive to do things right, and to embody our core values of passion, courage, and integrity. Excellence in our work means the potential to unlock a better quality of life for our patients, and with that comes tremendous responsibility.
We innovate daily on a path that hasn’t been paved. This means we lean heavily on our entrepreneurial spirit and are comfortable taking calculated risks to achieve progress toward our mission. It means we aren’t afraid to ask “why not,” and encourage lively discourse around rethinking the status quo.
We work hard to preserve our start-up culture rooted in camaraderie and leadership by example - by everyone, regardless of title.
We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and have seen how our differences - when celebrated and woven together - create stronger and more lasting solutions that better serve our team, our partners, and most importantly, our patients and the providers who treat them.
Notice to staffing firms
Orca Bio does not accept resumes from staffing agencies with which we do not have a written agreement and specific engagement for a particular opening. Our employment activities, inquiries and offers are managed through our HR/Talent department, and all candidates are presented through this channel only. We do not accept unsolicited resumes.