Research Associate, Viral Vector Process Analytics

Job Description

Purpose and scope of position:

The Research Associate will join an analytical team in the viral vector process development group. The Research Associate will perform assays to quantify and characterize adeno-associated virus vector (AAV) and lentiviral vector. AAV and lentiviral vector deliver the genetic information used to re-engage a patient’s own immune system to cure cancer. These viral vectors are key intermediates in Bristol Meyers Squibb CAR-T and TCR cell therapy drug products.


  • Perform molecular and cell-based analytical assays, process data, review and report results, and follow established laboratory protocols
  • Maintain accurate and detailed documentation in laboratory notebook
  • Communicate findings clearly and concisely through oral presentations and technical writing
  • Work independently as well as with a team to perform and troubleshoot experiments or assay performance
  • Promote a culture of communication and continuous improvement


  • BS or MS in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or related field
  • 1-3+ years of molecular biology experience, preferably in industry with hands on analytical experience
  • Attention to detail and high personal standards in wet lab work
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and goal-oriented environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with qPCR, ELISA, and cell culture
  • Experience with viral vector transduction
  • Experience with routine assay performance in an analytical group