Advanced Research Associate, Protein Development (Cell Culture)
Job Details
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis, MN
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

By joining the Bio-Techne team you will have an impact on future cutting-edge research with real life applications. Bio-Techne, and all of its brands, provides tools for researchers in Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics including cell and gene therapies, immune-oncology, Sars-CoV2 research, and so much more.

Position Summary:
A Research Associate is responsible for development of cell culture protocols for new recombinant protein products. This includes screening clones and testing growth conditions and media formulations in bioreactors and other culture formats, in small to medium scale. It may also include cooperation with the molecular biology group in creation of new clones, creation and characterization of new cell lines, and screening studies in search for novel protein product targets. This position will work with stable cell line expression systems as well as transient expression platforms.

This is an exciting time to join the Protein Development team at Bio-Techne. This position offers a unique opportunity to work hands on in developing cutting-edge technologies and instrumentation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Grow and maintain cultures for the purpose of recombinant protein expression and miscellaneous experiments
  • Plan and conduct experiments with the purpose of improving recombinant protein yields, quality, and process efficiency
  • Analyze expression levels using techniques such as gel electrophoresis, immunoassays, bioassays, quantitative RT-PCR, RNA-Seq, and other applicable techniques
  • Collaborate with molecular biology group on creation of clones, constructs, and cell lines
  • Perform data entry and analysis, prepare reports. Share data at meetings with fellow employees
  • Share basic lab duties by preparing stock solutions, buffers, and media, as well as general lab/instrument cleaning and maintenance
  • Share occasional weekend responsibilities when needed
  • Perform additional lab duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in microbiology, biology, biochemistry, bioprocess engineering, chemistry, or an equivalent, with 0-2 years of experience 
  • Experience conducting cell culture with aseptic technique is strongly preferred
  • Understanding of common techniques such as SDS-PAGE, immunoassays (Western Blot, ELISA, etc.), nucleic acid manipulation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • General computer/data entry skills; basic coding skills are encouraged, but not required
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently 
  • Oral/written communication skills 
  • Ability to multi-task, troubleshoot, and perform well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Preferred experience with lab automation technology, multi-parallel bioreactor systems, high-throughput methods
  • Preferred experience with design of experiment software, computational integration of cell culture processes

Why Join Bio-Techne:

  • We offer competitive salaries along with extensive medical, vision, and dental plans for you and your family starting on day one!
  • We invest in our employees’ financial futures through 401k matching and an employee stock purchase plan.
  • We help our employees develop their careers through mentorship, promotional opportunities, training and development, internship programs, and more.
  • We offer employee resource groups, volunteer paid time off, employee events, and charity drives to build a culture of caring and belonging. 
  • We foster a culture of empowerment and innovation, where employees feel valued and encouraged to bring their new ideas to the table.

Where permitted by applicable law, candidate must have received or be willing to receive an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for this position

Bio-Techne is an E-Verify Employer in the United States.