Associate Scientist – Cell Biologist

Luna Innovations

The rapidly growing Health Sciences Group at Luna Innovations is seeking an Associate Scientist with significant hands-on industrial experience in cell biology, cell culture, tissue culture, and related. The candidate will lead and design all cell and tissue culture efforts on a variety of currently funded health sciences programs and will be expected to conduct exploratory research and development across a range of biomaterials and wound healing programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and perform cell culture laboratory work for a variety of biomedical research programs in the Health Sciences Group (HSG).
  • Select approach, design experiment, and conduct a variety of cell and molecular studies for the development and in vitro testing of new biomedical technologies with applications such as wound healing and drug delivery.
  • Plan and perform all necessary aspects of back-end cell culture activities, including cell type selection, banking, maintenance, optimizations, and protocol development.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with program managers and team members to translate core program objectives into appropriate study plans and protocols.
  • Record, analyze, summarize, and communicate information on procedures and results.
  • Effectively manage, support, and prioritize a variety of activities across concurrent programs.
  • Expand job specific knowledge through training, on-the-job learning, and scientific work.
  • Abide by all relevant safety policies, and actively support a clean, safe, and organized laboratory environment.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, biomedical engineering, biomaterials, or related field with 4 years experience or a masters degree with 2 years experience
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years hands-on cell culture professional experience in an industry or research environment.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with a variety of relevant cell biology methods, such as fluorescence microscopy, immunocytochemistry, live/fixed staining, cytotoxicity assays, flow cytometry, ELISA, etc.
  • Previous work with a variety of different cell types and sources, with exposure to primary and/or stem cells is required.
  • Experience with 3D culture, co-culture systems, predictive in vitro models, and/or integration with biomaterials is preferred.
  • Some experience with nucleic acid purification, PCR, and gene expression studies is a plus.

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Charlottesville, VA
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