Job Title: Research Associate/Associate Scientist


Job Location: Boston/Cambridge, MA

Hiring Manager: Jesse Gray, Qin Yu


At Limelight Bio, we fix genes and bring hope to patients. We are an early stage biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to overcome key limitations of gene therapy, enabling its application to more genes, diseases, and patients. We recently secured $75 million in Series A funding to support our multi-platform approach, and we are in a phase of rapid expansion and hiring. We are opening a brand-new new Boston laboratory in May 2020.

We are seeking a Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, or Associate Scientist in molecular biology to be based in our Boston-area location, who will:

  • Help to build the brand-new Limelight Bio Boston research site by setting up lab space and research capabilities

  • Help to create an entrepreneurial and creative culture that will deliver transformational therapies to patients

  • Design and execute molecular biology and cell-based experiments for multiple gene therapy discovery programs

  • Balance quality and speed, working closely with other scientists to advance projects involving molecular cloning and cell-based assays

  • Perform independent data analysis and electronic notebook record keeping

  • Support the creation and expansion of the company’s intellectual property


General Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s in a life sciences-related discipline with a minimum of 2-years of relevant laboratory experience

  • Experience with molecular or cellular biology methods

  • Passion for working at the bench to advance programs and solve technical challenges 

  • Self-motivation and adaptability to evolving project priorities and responsibilities

  • Effective communication and organizational skills

  • Team-oriented, with a strong work ethic


Specific skills/knowledge required:

  • Experimental skills in molecular cloning, library preparation, cell culture, RNA handling, RNA-seq, qPCR/ddPCR, protein biochemistry, and assay development (it is not necessary to have experience in all of these, but the more the better)


Additional skills/experience beneficial, but not required:

  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry experience

  • Hand-on experience with viral and non-viral gene therapy drug discovery

  • Hand-on experience with RNA processing

  • Hand-on experience with high-throughput screening, including Massively Parallel Reporter Assays

  • Experience with in vivo model development




Limelight Bio is a privately held, multi-platform, multi-disease biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and Cambridge, MA. Since 2017, Limelight has been developing proprietary technologies, advanced targets, and leading drug candidates designed to overcome key limitations of current gene therapy and gene editing approaches.

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