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Randstad Research and Development Associate II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research and Development Associate II

job details:

  • location:Cambridge, MA

  • salary:$28.35 - $33.35 per hour

  • date posted:Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • experience:5 Years

  • job type:Contract

  • industry:Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

  • reference:36316

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Research and Development Associate II

job summary:

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location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

job type: Contract

salary: $28.35 - 33.35 per hour

work hours: 9 to 5

education: Bachelors


The Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit is driving innovation on early drug discovery and laying the translational framework for novel mechanisms to be brought forward into clinical interrogation. Our mission is to focus on the strength of human biological evidence in order to one day transform the way we treat neurological diseases and their progression. We are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic, and dedicated contract research scientist to join our team and contribute to the generation of pioneering therapeutics.

The ideal candidate would be a biologist with expertise in general molecular biology techniques, a background in pharmacology, experience working with immune or glial cells, as well as tissue processing methods. We welcome candidates who share our passion to advance novel therapeutic mechanisms from target discovery to early clinical development.

This scientist will be expected to take innovative approaches to novel assay development and balance this approach with a scientifically rigorous mindset to drive optimization. As a qualified scientist, you will be expected to work independently toward objectives but frequently communicate results to team members and project leaders.


You are passionate about drug discovery, have a strong intrinsic drive to make a difference, maintain a commitment to scientific quality, and use your curiosity and rigor to drive forward discovery research and development. You are a forward-thinker, motivated to learn new skills, ask questions, always consider the most direct path to your work, and are a team player who strives to foster an inquisitive, inclusive, and impactful work environment.


1) Investigate, develop and implement new biochemical assays from cells, preclinical models, and human tissue to advance priority pipeline programs

2) Develop cell functional assays in iPSC-derived/primary astrocyte and microglial systems (human and rodent) to better understand the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer's disease risk/resilience associated genetic polymorphisms and their related pathways.

3) Identify and validate modulators of related core targets/pathways by employing a variety of pharmacological and genetic approaches.

4) Establish SOPs and adapt new protocols from literature

5) Maintain electronic laboratory notebooks and present data to the team



1) BS, MS or PhD in cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or related field

2) BS (5+ years)/MS (2+ years) in biotech/pharmaceutical industry setting; or PhD in an academic setting (no additional industry experience required)

3) Hands-on experience with molecular biology techniques (ELISA/immunoassays, FRET, qPCR/expression profiling, western blot, immunoprecipitaiton)

4) Strong skillset in mammalian cell culture and cell-based assays

5) Tissue processing expertise to support protein-based and gene expression profiling

6) Ability to independently design, execute, and analyze experiments

7) Strong critical thinking, communication, organization, and presentation skills


1) Prior experience with astrocyte and microglial culture

2) Research experience in neuroscience/neurological disorders

skills: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, SOP, Cell Cultures

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