Associate Scientist, Cell Engineering


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

abcam is experiencing exciting new growth and expanding product development of our cell lines portfolio. With this product line we hope to help with a major academic and industry-wide problem: generation and validation of CRISPR-modified cell lines remains time and effort intensive. Joining the Cell Line Engineering team at abcam’s Waltham office will allow you to help build the tools/workflows to provide these critical research reagents to customers at a global scale and backed by abcam’s industry-leading high standards for product validation.

We are seeking an Associate Scientist to join our Waltham, MA team to support optimization and implementation of a high throughput workflow for cell line generation. In this role, you will use cutting-edge CRISPR-Cas9/genome editing technologies, liquid handlers/automation, robotics, scheduling software, high throughput microscopy, high throughput next generation sequencing (NGS), etc. to generate and validate a variety of edited cell lines (mammalian cancer cell lines, primary cells, iPSC cells of varying tissue origins including immune and neurological). This unique and exciting role within abcam seeks to push the boundaries of laboratory automation to perform complex molecular biology techniques at industry scale backed by a brand-new team at abcam.

The Associate Scientist role is laboratory-based and will provide opportunities to learn and apply a combination of cell biology, molecular biology, and NGS sequencing analysis/bioinformatics techniques while obtaining practical experience in high throughput/automation pipeline/workflow development, global product development/expansion, and development of expertise in cell line engineering across a broad array of cellular models/therapeutic modalities (immuno-oncology, cancer, neuroscience, etc). As a collaborative, matrixed work environment you will accomplish your goals as a part of a multidisciplinary cell line engineering team within the greater abcam family.


You have a PhD or MS in biology/genetics/engineering or a related discipline with 0+ or 2+ years of relevant industry experience, respectively. You have expert knowledge and experience with molecular biology techniques, including DNA extraction, PCR, amplicon barcoding, library prep, library QC, NGS sequencing and NGS data analysis.

You also have experience using automation tools such as cell sorters for single cell cloning, high content imagers, robotic arms, or scheduling software to facilitate your workflow. You have strong experimental skills, a talent for automating experimental and data workflows, along with an interest in process/workflow environment. You will be a team player with great communication and the ability to interact effectively across multiple disciplines and cultures.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast-paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences, please apply now!

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.

Effective January 1, 2022, all U.S.-based employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID as a condition of employment at Abcam. Employees with a sincerely held religious belief and/or disability impacting their ability to obtain the COVID vaccine can request a reasonable accommodation.


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