Senior Research Associate, Discovery Biology, AAV Vector Production and Characterization

Senior Research Associate, Discovery Biology, AAV Vector Production and Characterization

About Audentes Therapeutics

Audentes Therapeutics is a leading AAV-based genetic medicines company focused on developing and commercializing innovative products for serious rare neuromuscular diseases.  We are leveraging our AAV gene therapy technology platform and proprietary manufacturing expertise to develop programs across three modalities: gene replacement, vectorized exon skipping, and vectorized RNA knockdown.  Our product candidates are showing promising therapeutic profiles in clinical and preclinical studies across a range of neuromuscular diseases. Audentes is a focused, experienced and passionate team driven to improve the lives of patients.

Audentes leverages strong, global relationships with the patient, research, and medical communities, and we take pride in carefully selecting our colleagues. Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us on our journey.

The Role

The Senior Research Associate will support activities within the Discovery Biology Department. This position involves application of Molecular and Cellular Biology techniques to produce, purify and characterize AAV viral vectors. The Senior Research Associate will be located in our South San Francisco R&D laboratories.  


  • Purification and characterization of AAV vectors using column chromatography and gradient centrifugation
  • Support AAV production by maintaining, banking, transfecting and screening mammalian cells in culture, working with a variety of cells, transfection methodologies and screening assays
  • Collect and evaluate data; prepare reports, summaries and presentations; maintain and update laboratory notebook and the laboratory information management system, as appropriate, according to company policy.
  • Analysis of purified AAV vectors by SDS-PAGE, agarose gel electrophoresis, ddPCR, rtPCR and UV.
  • Conduct, design, and troubleshoot experiments, independently and in collaboration with colleagues, to produce novel AAV vectors.
  • Manage small independent projects that include optimization of experimental procedures.
  • Consult with scientific literature and other scientists as needed to better understand scientific experiments and problems and come up with solutions to emerging problems.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Life Sciences or a related discipline with 8+ years of experience or a Master's Degree with 5+ years of experience in Molecular and Cell Biology techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with AAV production, purification and characterization.
  • Proven experience with routine molecular biology techniques, such as isolation and quantification of DNA and RNA, ddPCR, gel electrophoresis, gradient centrifugation.
  • Models our Core Values: Be Bold, Care Deeply, #GetStuffDone - is experienced as someone who exemplifies the culture we want to create; operates with transparency; is trusted

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with viruses, especially Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV).
  • Experience with AKTA FPLC for protein purification.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

Job Details

Reference # R-201908-KJ
Posted on 10 Sep 2019
Closes on
Location(s) South San Francisco
Department Research
Career level Experienced (non-management)
Hours/Status Full-time
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