Research Associate, Stem Cell Biology at Vertex in Watertown, MA

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals is working to discover and develop innovative genetic therapies with the potential to provide transformative benefit to patients. Vertex is currently advancing multiple CRISPR-based genetic therapies that have the potential to cure or stop the progression of disease, including for degenerative neurological and muscular diseases. Vertex is seeking a creative, self-motivated individual with a passion for science to join our team. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on cutting edge science, apply state-of-the-art gene editing technologies, and take part in discovering and developing next-generation therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 and other genetic disorders.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Generation, maintenance and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs)
  • Develop morphological and functional assays for target screening and validation
  • Execute studies using good documentation practices
  • Effectively collaborate with a fully integrated team to facilitate the success of projects
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required.


REQUIREMENTS
  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Cell Biology or related discipline and a minimum of 2 years experience in stem cell research.
  • Experience with manipulation of hPSCs is required
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills and ability to track details in experiments
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to build open and collaborative relationships and work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in cardiac / myogenic / neural differentiation is preferred
  • Technical background in molecular cloning,tissue engineering, qPCR, immunostaining, western blotting and image analysis is a plus
  • Ability to work weekend hours is required

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