• Ascent
  • $67,480.00 -128,560.00/year*
  • Cambridge , MA
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 101 Auburn St

Research Associate, Non-Clinical?

Cambridge, MA

Position Summary

The candidate will support advancement of innovative AAV-based therapeutics by using a variety of research methods including mammalian cell culture, molecular and biochemical techniques, and cell-based assays.


  • Work on a dynamic team to model/validate AAV gene therapy vectors in vitro/in vivo

  • Design, execute, and optimize cell-based, biochemical, and molecular assays

  • Help establish Non-Clinical in vitro analysis pipeline for new gene therapy targets

  • Analyze, document, and present technical data and reports at team meetings


  • B.S. or equivalent degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Virology or related discipline with a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience.

  • Mammalian cell culture techniques (such as culturing cell lines, plasmid transfection, viral transduction) preferred. Experience with primary cell lines a plus.

  • Experience with plate based assays for cell viability, enzymatic activity, and/or biomarker validation strongly preferred.

  • Experience with molecular and biochemical methods (such as nucleic acid/protein extraction, RT-qPCR, PCR, Westerns, IF) preferred.

  • Familiarity with standard data analysis software.

  • Experience with experimental design, execution, and troubleshooting.

  • Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be highly motivated, curious, and eager to learn/apply new skills.

  • Must function efficiently and problem solve in a fast-paced research environment.

Company Description:

About Ascent:

Ascent is a leading national technology consulting and professional services firm that focuses on tactical and strategic consulting. Ascent s fundamental business is providing staffing services to Large Enterprise clients in our core market verticals: Financial Services, Healthcare, and Life Sciences. We focus the majority of our efforts in Staff Augmentation support of Large Enterprise Clients who utilize a Vendor Management System. Ascent works as both a reliable supplier in support of programs, as well as a Strategic Advisor in support of enterprise efforts to establish best in class preferred vendor programs. Ascent was ranked in the 2007 and 2008 Inc. 500 and recognized specifically for its innovative work in staff augmentation support of Large Enterprise preferred vendor accounts.

If you are ready to propel your career to new heights read on. We are looking for talented and dedicated colleagues to join our phenomenal team. At Ascent, we have created an environment where culture, commitment and opportunity converge to yield a truly unique place to work. We know that every employee has something important to say and that every employee is integral to our success. Where else can you walk over to a founder and talk about your ideas to help build our business and have that idea implemented in 48 hours? More importantly, we do everything we can to make sure our employees not only have great jobs, but great lives.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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