Alltrna is the world’s first tRNA platform company to decipher tRNA biology and pioneer tRNA therapeutics to treat thousands of diseases. Alltrna unlocks tRNA biology to correct disease. The company's platform incorporates AI/ML tools to learn the tRNA language and deliver diverse programmable molecules with broad therapeutic potential. Alltrna has an unprecedented opportunity to advance a single tRNA medicine to unify treatment across a wide range of diseases with the same underlying genetic mutation. Alltrna was founded in 2018 by Flagship Pioneering. For more info, visit www.alltrna.com.

Alltrna is a highly dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovation-driven organization seeking to hire an exceptional Lab Automation & Screening leader to join our growing team. The candidate’s career goals, technical skills, and core competencies should be aligned with the description below.

Key Outcomes:

  1. Conceive and execute foundational lab automation and screening strategy in collaboration with the Alltrna leadership team, including driving the selection and implementation of appropriate technologies to support the company’s mission.
  2. Recruit and develop a world-class lab automation team by hiring and developing top talent.
  3. Manage a team of researchers and interface with key stakeholders in the R&D organization to create and maintain automation solutions for current and planned workstreams
  4. Build capabilities for statistics-based assay development (DoE models), robotics and LIMS systems to support modern inventory management and wet lab automation of in vitro, cell-based and NGS assays.
  5. Generate reproducible data with appropriate documentation/reporting and collaborate effectively with cross-functional team members for end-to-end automation of pipeline processes.
  6. Continually cultivate scientific/technical expertise through critical review of the scientific literature, attending external conferences, and developing relationships with key opinion leaders.
  7. Work effectively with a cross-functional biology, technology, and chemistry team to contribute to the vision, strategy, and tactics of the organization.
  8. Willing to work hands-on in the wet lab in the near term and recruit/develop a team in medium-to-long term.

Required Skills:

  1. BS/MS/PhD in the biological sciences/chemistry or engineering, and a 10+ year track-record of scientific excellence in lab automation and screening along with a strong publication and/or patent record.
  2. Proven track-record in establishing lab automation and screening platforms in a biotech/pharma environment.
  3. Expert knowledge in automation of biochemical and cell-based assays including reporter gene and high content screening (HCS) assays.
  4. Experience with various technology solutions to quantify RNA and protein expression such as RT-qPCR, ECL/MSD, HTRF, Illumina NGS platforms
  5. Hands on capabilities in programming/maintaining Biomek i5/i7 series robots and familiarity with a wide range of laboratory instrumentation.
  6. Exposure to Design of Experiments (DoE) models to accelerate assay development, with an emphasis on relevant software (e.g. JMP15) and instrumentation (e.g. Formulatrix Mantis/Tempest).
  7. Expertise in designing and implementing LIMS for inventory management.
  8. Established track record in team building, management and leadership.
  9. Strong scientific communication skills with the ability to clearly explain complex processes and data sets to drive decision-making.

Preferred Skills:

  1. Working knowledge in automating in vitro and NGS assays (e.g. RNA-seq).
  2. Hands on experience working with complex biological models (e.g. iPSC-derived cells, 3D printing) for HTS applications.
  3. Exposure to the special requirements related to managing and screening RNA as a biology reagent and therapeutic modality.
  4. Ability to contribute to modern digital strategy framework with an emphasis on data production and management in collaboration with Computational Biology and Research Informatics partners and leadership.

Core Competencies:

  1. Fast-acting/efficient. Moves quickly and proactively with a strong work ethic to produce high-quality results while fostering a positive work environment. Focuses on key priorities. Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  2. Integrity. Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidences. Does what is right not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully. Follows-through on commitments. Expects a high level of personal performance and team performance.
  3. Critical thinking. Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to proficiently understand new information and independently achieve meaningful outcomes. Able to structure and process quantitative data to draw insightful conclusions and solve complex problems.
  4. Creativity & Innovation. Generates new and creative approaches to problem solving. Positive ‘can-do’ attitude. Views the toughest challenges as the greatest opportunities for personal growth and company innovation.
  5. Teamwork. Fully engaged in facilitating personal and team success. Reaches out to peers and cooperates with the team to establish an overall collaborative work environment. Often solicits and responds well to constructive feedback. Possesses good written and oral communication skills with the ability to clearly and concisely convey ideas and opinions.
  6. Flexibility/adaptability. Adjusts quickly to changing strategic and tactical priorities. Comfortable with ambiguity.


Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.


Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.


Alltrna was founded by Flagship Pioneering, an innovation enterprise that conceives, resources and grows first-in-category life science companies. The firm’s institutional innovation foundry, Flagship Labs, is where teams of scientific entrepreneurs systematically evolve ideas and turn previously undiscovered areas of science into real-world ventures. Flagship has created over 100 scientific ventures resulting in >$19 billion in aggregate value, 500+ issued patents, and >50 clinical trials for novel therapeutic agents. Flagship’s portfolio companies include Moderna, Rubius Therapeutics, and Indigo Agriculture.


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