Associate Scientist I at Bluebird Bio Inc.

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Description:

On January 11, 2021, we announced our intent to separate our severe genetic disease and oncology businesses into differentiated and independent publicly traded companies. We will retain focus on severe genetic disease (SGD) and will launch our oncology business ("Oncology Newco") as a new entity, with the completed transition expected by the end of 2021.


At bluebird, only two things matter - patients and our people. When you join the nest, you're not just landing a new gig, you become a part of a flock that's soaring to new heights. We're 1100+ doers, thinkers and collaborators across the globe with a strong sense of our values and our purpose. Our innovation and sustainability are rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the incorporation of multiple points of view. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care. The time is now to rise up and recode the science, the systems, and the status quo.


The Vector Characterization team uses state-of-the-art techniques to advance understanding of lentiviral vector structure and function. bluebird bio seeks an Associate Scientist to support programs in the oncology field. Come work with a talented, dedicated, and compassionate group of birds that loves rising to the challenge as much as we enjoy collaborating with a team of likeminded scientists! As Associate Scientist of Vector Characterization, you'll help to bring more patients their bluebird days by performing analytical testing to advance product quality understanding and support development of next-generation analytical technologies. We are looking for motivated candidates to work collaboratively and take initiative on important characterization projects, with the ultimate goal to deliver therapies that transform the lives of patients.

In this role you will soon join our new Oncology spinoff, 2seventy bio, where we are excited to continue leading the charge on Oncology cell therapy research. We'll combine our real-world clinical data from our approved multiple myeloma treatment with our tool kit of several cutting-edge technologies, dedicated partners, passionate innovators that care, and our unwavering dedication to important life-changing work. We strive to make a difference and offer more time for patients with cancer. We show up daily for our patients (literally and figuratively) and we feel privileged to be a part of their journey. If you want to challenge the status quo while having fun doing so, come be a part of this unique and exciting opportunity - we can't wait to talk to you!

*This position will operate under the bluebird bio company until the separation is complete. Once complete this position will exist within our new entity, 2seventy bio


You'll help to bring more patients their bluebird days by:

  • This is a hands-on position, requiring the independent execution of laboratory experiments.

  • Effectively collaborate cross-functionally to refine study design, obtain test materials and reagents, and discuss results and impact.

  • Perform analytical testing of lentiviral vectors and support development of new technologies for characterizing lentiviral vectors.

  • Generate, document, manage, evaluate, and maintain critical data in a highly organized manner.

  • Assist in the generation and review of technical protocols and reports.

  • Manage laboratory inventory of supplies and reagents.

  • Take initiative to pursue interests towards achieving group and company goals.

  • Must be willing to have a flexible schedule based on experimental and company needs.


You're the bird we're looking for if you:

  • Have a BS with 1+ years of experience. Degree emphasis in Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or related field preferred.

  • Independently motivated, detail-oriented, with good laboratory technical skills.

  • The ability to conduct laboratory experiments, write, and review technical documentation, and the flexibility to work on multiple projects as needed.

  • Experience with particle size measurements, ELISA, gel electrophoresis, and western blotting strongly preferred.

  • Experience with any of the following a plus: liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and flow cytometry.

  • Superb organizational and communication skills, with a "do what it takes" attitude.

  • Willingness to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself.

All our birds embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself.

bluebird bio is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusion are not only valued, but prioritized. We believe a diverse and inclusive community empowers us to act courageously, care deeply, and dream boldly to impact people in big ways. Diverse viewpoints bring diverse capabilities which strengthen our focus and fuel our growth.

bluebird is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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