Research Associate Cell Engineering

SRI International

  • Lab Technician
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Program Director, Dr. Parijat Bhatnagar, will be at the ASV2019 meeting and can conduct preliminary interviews.

Job Description

An opportunity for a talented researcher with strong hands-on expertise in mammalian cell culture to work in the Biosciences Division of SRI International is immediately available. We have transformed the T cell into a vector for synthesizing calibrated amounts of engineered proteins in vivo (see NIH Science Highlight, “T-cell biofactories find, fight disease in one fell swoop”; and publication in Advanced Biosystems, 2018), which may be reprogrammed to target different disease cells, e.g. cancer, viral infections, autoimmune disorders. The T-cell Biofactory may lead to a “living drug” that will extravasate to the disease sites, assess the disease burden, synthesize engineered therapeutic proteins upon stimulation by the diseased cells, and reduce toxicity to the normal cells. As part of the team of bioengineers and scientists, the Research Associate will develop the next-generation cell biofactories, which will activate in response to various environmental cues.

Primary function of the Research Associate will be to efficiently run laboratory functions, e.g. maintain cell cultures (CAR T cells, NK cells, iPSCs), maintain equipment, conduct assays, write Standard Operating Procedures, etc. They will be encouraged to lead their own research project, write peer-reviewed journal articles, and participate in project proposals. They will be mentored to professionally grow and contribute to SRI's mission of creating world-changing solutions that make people safer, healthier, and more productive. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area (Menlo Park, CA), this position includes full benefits plus relocation.

About SRI International

From the computer mouse to robotic surgery, cancer treatments, Siri, and more, SRI's 70+ years of innovation have created new industries, billions of dollars in market value, and lasting benefits to society. SRI Biosciences conducts advanced, interdisciplinary research to find solutions to global health problems. We are leaders in health sciences and clinical medicine with focus on next-generation technologies in cell therapies, genetics, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, neuroscience, and medical devices. Our partners include government, academic, and biotechnology organizations. As an integrated team, we work with the internal venture division to take therapeutics from Idea to IND® and beyond—from initial discoveries to first in human studies.

Qualifications :

BS/MS in immunology or related field with more than 3 years of post-degree experience is required.

Candidates are expected to have efficient communication, writing, and organizational skills.

They will be self-starters with demonstrated ability to independently design and execute mammalian cell culture projects, critically interpret experimental results, adjust the protocols for improving process efficiency, and present the data in a clear and concise manner.

Experience in flow cytometry, ELISA, culturing primary cells is a plus but not necessary.

To learn more about SRI International’s efforts in this research program, please contact:

Parijat Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

Program Director, Cell-based Medicine

333 Ravenswood Avenue

Menlo Park, California  94025, USA

W: 650-859-4151; Text: 845-401-3427

Parijat (dot) Bhatnagar (at) sri (dot) com


Other Requirements :

--There are no additional requirements for this position.

Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be subject to a background check.


Education Requirement:
BS/MS in immunology or related field with more than 3 years of post-degree experience is required.
External job URL:
Menlo Park
333 Ravenswood Ave
Menlo Park , CA 94025
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