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Research Associate – Analytical Development

Location: 750 Main Street, Cambridge MA. 02139 (The majority of work will be on-site)

Employment status: Full-time position with a competitive compensation and benefits package


Concerto Biosciences

At Concerto Biosciences, we are obsessed with microbes. We dream of a healthier world where microbial ecology enables advanced medicines and environmentally-conscious agricultural practices. To unlock microbial ecology, Concerto uses a novel screening technology from MIT to construct and observe millions of microbial cocultures in parallel—each its own tiny universe of possibilities. Our technology generates a totally new type of microbiome data that allows us to identify groups of microbes that perform beneficial functions. We call these groups “ensembles”. We are currently in the preclinical stage for our first product, an ensemble to treat eczema—a chronic, irritating, and psychologically stressful skin disease that affects over two hundred million people. Our goal is to discover the first-ever treatment that provides totally safe, sustained relief for eczema patients. Concerto will go on to develop a multitude of ensembles that solve the world’s greatest challenges in human health, food production, and bioremediation.

The Concerto team is our most important ensemble. We believe the best human ensembles, much like microbial ensembles, are diverse—composed of individuals with different backgrounds, cultures, genders, and beliefs. We are committed to building a company where you belong and where your voice is heard.


Role Description

As a Research Associate in Analytical Development, you will join Concerto’s effort to advance the development of microbial ensembles into products. Some characteristic responsibilities include: executing on a suite of analytical methods in microbiology and molecular biology to be used in the manufacturing and formulation of Concerto’s first live biotherapeutic product (LBP), “Ensemble No.2” (ENS-002); assisting with materials preparation and execution during fermentation runs; and supporting proper documentation of activities in the laboratory. You’ll need to be meticulous with your work, highly communicative, and able to work closely with a team.

This role will require laboratory experience in microbiology and analytical development for LBPs. We don’t expect you to have experience performing all of the responsibilities listed below. Indeed, just as you help Concerto grow, we hope to contribute to your intellectual and professional growth. You’ll have the opportunity to gain new skills by working with our world-class team, and you’ll also have the opportunity to advance within the company by taking on higher responsibility roles. As an early member of Concerto’s expanding team, you’ll play a critical role in developing Concerto’s culture and translating our core values into practice.


Responsibilities

  • Utilize established techniques and methods in microbiology and molecular biology to generate data in support of method development, qualification, and routine testing
  • Contribute to the design, development, optimization, and validation of analytical methods
  • Perform literature search and review to inform assay development
  • Contribute to proper documentation and technical report writing of laboratory activities
  • Follow established SOPs in an accurate and meticulous manner
  • Prepare reagents and materials in support of method development and fermentation runs
  • Maintain accurate, meticulous, and timely records
  • Maintain proper inventory of reagents and materials in coordination with Concerto’s Lab Manager
  • Embody Concerto’s core values in your work

Required Qualifications

  • BS degree with 2+ years of laboratory experience or MS degree with 0-1 years of laboratory experience
  • Extensive experience with in a laboratory applying basic biology techniques
  • Experience with nucleic acid purification and quantification methods including qPCR, RT-qPCR, and NGS
  • Good understanding of standard molecular biology techniques
  • Good understanding of standard microbiology techniques, including sterile technique
  • Experience keeping cGxP record keeping
  • Ability to analyze data and write technical reports

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a cGxP laboratory environment
  • Experience with microbiology and fermentation techniques
  • Experience with skin microbiome science

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Applications

Please send your cover letter and resume or CV to Dr. Bernardo Cervantes at careers@concertobio.com.

COVID-19 Policy: All on-site employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and all new hires for on-site roles must be fully vaccinated by the time they start employment. During the interview process, you will be asked to confirm that, if hired, you can satisfy this express condition of employment. At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). The Company will make reasonable accommodations under applicable law for qualified individuals to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the Company.

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