About Alltrna

Flagship Pioneering has conceived of and created companies such as Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT), Omega Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OMGA), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), and Indigo Agriculture. Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures. In 2021, Flagship Pioneering was ranked 12th globally on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, an annual ranking of companies that have made a positive social and environmental impact through activities that are part of their core business strategies.

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.

About The Role 

Come join us! Alltrna is looking for a passionate, creative scientist to join our highly interdisciplinary design team focused on the advancement of our tRNA therapeutic platforms. This effort is driving forward a deeper mechanistic and structural understanding of synthetic tRNA molecules. The successful candidate will help build our RNA/oligonucleotide synthesis team and have a strong background in oligonucleotide chemistry/biochemistry through in-depth hands-on experience in the synthesis, characterization, and purification of oligonucleotides as well as their potential biological applications.

 Core Responsibilities

  • Design and execute the automated synthesis, purification, and characterization of RNA/oligonucleotide with various chemistries using state-of-the-art instrumentation platforms/chemistry; Improve and/or develop the current solid-phase synthesis and/or new processes to expand upon current RNA synthesis capabilities.
  • Develop the strategy, grow, and lead a high performing oligonucleotide synthesis core team.
  • Work closely with platform teams, manage multiple oligonucleotide synthesis projects simultaneously to support the discovery of the novel engineered tRNA therapeutics.
  • Contribute to oligonucleotide design and synthesis strategy. Identify, develop, and implement both existing chemistries and develop novel chemistry solutions for Alltrna ’s novel oligonucleotide therapeutics platform. Actively support company’s efforts towards the discovery and nomination of lead drug candidates.
  • As a key member, work effectively with cross-functional teams such as DMPK, biology, pharmacology, and R&D Informatics. Collaborate with CMC in scaling up and transition of the novel modalities/processes into development.
  • Support intellectual property development and filing.

Qualifications and Skills 

  • The preferred candidate will ideally also possess the following skills:

    • MS degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline with 6+ years relevant industry experience, or A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline with 3+ year relevant experience post-degree experience in an industrial or academic setting.
    • Strong experience in solid-phase synthesis techniques is required. (Prior experience in automated oligonucleotide synthesis is preferred)
    • Strong laboratory skills and experience with analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, LC-MS, UV-Vis spectrometry, etc. is required. Experience in developing new chromatographic methods (IEX/RP HPLC, SPE, LC-MS) is a plus.
    • Ability to recognize impactful areas of research and organize both individual and team efforts to investigate using a broad range of approaches.
    • Solid strategic thinking and excellent communication skills for developing/articulating program strategy, risk mitigation plans and milestones to management.
    • Strong organizational skills and the ability to administer a project to ensure accurate budgets, timelines, milestone tracking, etc.
    • Working knowledge related to oligonucleotide conjugation chemistries, RNA biology and oligonucleotide screening technologies to facilitate effective team collaboration, is a plus.

What We’ll Offer You

  • Comprehensive, competitive healthcare and dental coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield, vision coverage through VSP, family leave, paid time off, 401k retirement plan, disability and life insurance, and fully covered parking/commuter benefits.
  • A dynamic early-stage work environment and highly interdisciplinary, talented, and collaborative team.
  • Participation in an unprecedented opportunity to advance a single tRNA medicine to restore disrupted protein production, regardless of target, for thousands of diseases with the same underlying genetic mutation.
  • Professional growth opportunities through mentoring, training, immersion in cross-functional projects, and opportunities to learn and try new things.
  • Daily on-site snacks, cold brew coffee, and Bevi, as well as weekly catered lunches.
  • If you like a fast-paced, science driven research environment discovering how a new therapeutic modality can be shaped to meet the needs of patients suffering from serious underserved diseases- this is the role for you. You get to be part of the team that writes the playbook for developing tRNA molecules and you will be critical not only in ensuring that we can understand how our tRNA molecules can be synthesized using automated systems but also in defining how we support our drug discovery efforts. We operate in an open and inclusive learning environment and need nimble thinkers who can chart courses and plan experiments based upon the data that we generate together.

Our Core Values

  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 qualitative/quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions.
  4. Creativity & Innovation. Scientifically curious and bold. 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. Able to challenge dogma.
  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. Self-starter mentality.
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.
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