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Stealth Startup - Senior Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Bioengineering

RAVen

Cambridge, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Industry: Life Science
  • Post Date: 07/01/2024
  • Website: www.racap.com/venture
  • Company Address: 200 Berkeley Street, 18th Floor, Boston, MA, 02116

About RAVen

RAVen (RA Ventures) is the venture-focused arm of RA Capital Management, LP, a Boston-based biotechnology and life sciences investment firm.

Job Description

Launched by RA Capital, we are a stealth-stage biotechnology company building a modular, next-gen platform to unlock previously unavailable biomolecule design spaces to accelerate the discovery and development of differentiated therapeutic, diagnostic, and industrial products. Our team is an innovative group of domain experts in AI/ML computational design, advanced synthetic biology, microfluidics, protein engineering, and single-cell profiling who are deeply passionate about the power of the platform to invent the future today. World-class scientific founders from the Broad Institute, cutting-edge technology, and backing from RA Capital come together in a dynamic start-up environment.



About RA Capital:

RA Capital funds and builds healthcare and life science companies using an evidence-based investment approach informed by TechAtlas, a think tank within RA Capital which analyzes scientific and clinical data from academic literature and industry sources to anticipate how breakthroughs might impact industry stakeholders, physicians, patients, and policymakers. TechAtlas' analyses are captured in a unique collection of competitive landscapes, or ‘maps’, that identify competitive therapeutics, diagnostics, research tools, and/or technological capabilities in a given area.


About the Role:

We are seeking an innovative, self-motivated, and team-oriented Senior Research Associate / Associate Scientist in Bioengineering, with a passion for working on advanced technology development projects at the intersection of biology, synthetic biology, and microfluidics. In your role, you will support our cross-functional teams by executing, analyzing, and presenting experiments to drive platform activities and our R&D programs. You will work closely with the protein engineering and single-cell science teams with a focus on developing functional screening assays. As a member of a growing and engaged team, you will have the opportunity to take part in leading innovative research and development, and work with a highly skilled multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced startup environment.


Key Responsibilities:

·Design, plan and execute experiments to support research activities, project goals and platform development,
·Design, develop and optimize droplet-based microfluidics workflow,
·Conduct and support biomolecular experiments and assay development with high precision and reliability,
·Develop, characterize, and optimize surface chemistries to conjugate biomolecules (proteins, enzymes, DNA, RNA etc.),
·Contribute to projects through data generation, analysis, interpretation, and presentation,
·Maintain detailed electronic lab notebook, and
·Follow Standard Operating Protocols and generate new ones when necessary.


Qualifications & Skills:

·BS/BA or MS/MA in Bioengineering, Biological/Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or a related field with 3+ years of industry experience.
·Hands-on experience with the operation of droplet-based microfluidic systems, especially for biological assays.
·Experience in microscopy and image analysis using Python, R, ImageJ etc.
·Hands-on experience with surface chemistry, colloid science, and bioconjugation techniques, especially related to functionalization, conjugation of biomolecules and passivation.
·Hands-on experience with automation and the development of high-throughput assays
·Experience in biological techniques such as cell culture, PCR etc. would be a plus.
·Strong analytical skills, detail-oriented, and thrives in a fast-paced startup environment,
·Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and adept at building strong relationships across multidisciplinary teams.