Research Associate I/II

Position Summary 

Genocea Biosciences is an immuno-oncology biotechnology company focused on bringing personalized cancer vaccines to patients. Genocea’s foundational technology, the ATLAS™ platform, is a high-throughput autologous cell assay that discovers T cell antigens thought to be important in fighting a patient’s disease.  ATLAS™ results are used to select validated neoantigens for a patient-specific vaccine, and upon population-based screening can identify antigens to include in a common vaccine.  Our lead program, GEN-009, a personalized neoantigen vaccine, will soon be in the clinic. 

Genocea is seeking a talented and dedicated Research Associate to join our dynamic and enthusiastic team. As part of the Discovery group, the Research Associate will support sample processing and characterization of T cell responses to support the development of novel immunotherapeutics for cancer, including personalized cancer vaccine clinical trials.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, diligent and detail-oriented, and have the ability to carry out experiments with limited supervision. Demonstrate the flexibility to adapt in a fast-paced environment and a strong desire to learn new concepts and techniques. Strong communication skills will be key to work well within a dynamic and team-oriented environment.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Immunological-based techniques including ELISA-based assays (e.g. MSD), and T cell assays mainly related to screening for vaccine candidates (e.g. cell sorting, multicolor flow-cytometry, ELISpot).
  • Operation of liquid-handling robots.
  • Blood processing and primary human cell culture.
  • Diligently analyze data, prepare summaries, and present them for internal company meetings.
  • Maintain basic knowledge of principles in field(s) at hand.
  • Maintain accurate laboratory records and notebooks.
  • Troubleshoot issues during experimental process under supervision.
  • Attends team meetings for experimental planning and provides progress updates to the group

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in immunology and/or cancer biology in academia or industry.
  • A theoretical understanding of and significant experience with common techniques related to cellular immunology. Hands-on experience with flow cytometry and/or cell sorting is preferred.
  • Ability to analyze data, draw conclusions, communicate results and compile technical reports.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities to adequately document protocols and experimental data.
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional and diverse team.
  • Strong organization skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Capacity to adapt, and a strong desire to learn new concepts and techniques.
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of advances in immunology, understanding of cancer biology is preferred.
  • Familiarity with cell imaging and liquid-handling robots are a plus.