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Research Associate/Assistant or Research Scientist — Molecular Biology

  • Calibr-Skaggs Institute for Innovative Medicines | California, (La Jolla)

Job Type: Research Scientist

Description: We are seeking an experienced, highly motivated, collaborative, and curious Senior Research Associate/Assistant or Research Scientist to join our gene and cell-therapy team within Calibr-Skaggs Institute. We are dedicated to innovating the delivery of gene therapies for multiple therapeutic areas including cancer and autoimmune diseases. The discoveries we make can contribute directly to improving efficacy and accessibility of gene therapies to patients. As a key contributor in a dynamic, multidisciplinary team, you will be involved in the design and innovation of approaches to overcome challenges in viral vector production and therapeutic gene delivery, efficacy, and safety.

Under scientific and technical supervision, the candidate will design and produce molecular constructs that could be utilized for vector development and lentiviral production. The individual will focus and work along a group of scientists to develop small- and large-scale lentiviral vector (LVV) gene therapy vectors across various preclinical programs and disease areas.


  • Prior experience with LLV vector engineering.

  • Extensive experience in molecular biology techniques, sub-cloning methodologies, plasmid preparation, etc is required

  • Experience with DNA, plasmid sequencing, analysis and experience with common software programs used to perform alignments, analysis, etc. is required

  • General lab skills, including sterile technique is required

  • Must be highly organized and able to work independently

  • Must be able to clearly communicate in writing and have a desire to be part of a growing organization that uses cutting-edge science

  • A high level of flexibility to support various other activities and the ability to learn new techniques outside of existing field of expertise

  • Strong team orientation and passion for continuous self-development

  • Experience in cell culture and cell-based assay development, T-cell biology, and flow cytometry is helpful but not required

  • Experience in industry is preferred but not required, applicants with academic-only experience are also encouraged to apply

BS degree in bioengineering, molecular biology, or closely related discipline with 2-3 years of prior experience OR MS degree in bioengineering, virology, or closely related discipline with 1 -2 years of prior experience OR PhD in biology, bioengineering, virology, or closely related discipline with relevant prior research experience

Benefits: Employer Contributed Retirement Plan – Depending on eligibility, employees receive an employer contributed retirement plan (no employee contribution required) and the option to contribute to a 403(b) (which is similar to a 401(k) using your own pre or post-tax dollars). Full Suite of Health and Welfare plans including three medical plan options (including an HSA available option), dental, vision, life insurance, disability, EAP and moreAccess to Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical/Dependent Care). Competitive vacation and sick leave policies. Free, on-site parking.

Salary: $64,480 to $99,360 yearly

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