SCIENTIST, in cell therapy development


Multiple R&D positions available @ Xcellbio

Xcellbio is a venture-backed biotech startup located in Mission Bay, San Francisco. Our mission is to develop transformative cell culturing instruments and predictive assays for cell therapies. Xcellbio is recruiting talented and creative scientific researchers to join the R&D group. We are looking for individuals with strong communication skills and technical expertise in cell therapy development (e.g. CAR-T). Candidates with 3+ years of cell therapy development required for this role. Competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits package, and company stock options will be offered to successful applicants.

Xcell Biosciences is an Illumina Accelerator company, a member of the Bayer CoLaborator, a BayBio FAST awardee, Top 15 Most Promising Biotech Startups in 2018 by StartUp City, as a top 5 most promising biotech companies in Mission Bay in 2019 by the San Francisco Business Times, and has been featured in publications such as GEN, GenomeWeb, Nature, and Science among others.

Brief Description of Position:

This full-time position is ideally suited for individuals who prefer working in the lab. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and optimizing cell therapy expansion and characterization workflows for therapeutic T-cells, NK cells, and Macrophages. Functional, molecular and phenotypic assays will be performed to characterize the impact of culture conditions on therapeutic cell candidates.

The successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary, small team setting, interfacing with scientists, software and hardware engineers. Strong technical expertise in primary cell culture, flow cytometry, tissue and blood processing, and molecular biology techniques are required.

Education, Experience, and Skill Requirements:

  • MSc or PhD with minimum 3+ years with cell therapy development research
  • Key skills and experience for a successful applicant ideally will include: primary cell culture expertise with immune cells; multiparametric flow cytometry and data analysis (FlowJo); immunofluorescence staining and microscopy-based imaging; peripheral blood and/or tissue processing; immune cell based assays (MLR, cytotoxicity, cytokine profiling); in vitro functional assays (tumor/target killing assays); transfection, electroporation and viral transduction workflows; gene-editing in immune and/or stem cells (viral or CRISPR-Cas9); plasmid construct design and cloning (CAR-T, TCR); primary tumor processing and in vitro culture
  • Highly motivated self-starter who can prioritize and “take ownership” of tasks
  • Comfortable solving problems independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy, and responsibility when multi-tasking
  • Must be comfortable in a seed-stage start-up environment, and with a mix of cash, equity, milestone-based compensation
  • Please note if you are legally authorized to work in the United States in your application