ABOUT THE NEST
At bluebird, only two things matter - patients and our people. When you join the nest, you're not just landing a new gig, you become a part of a flock that's soaring to new heights. We’re 1100+ doers, thinkers and collaborators across the globe with a strong sense of our values and our purpose. Our innovation and sustainability are rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the incorporation of multiple points of view. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care. The time is now to rise up and recode the science, the systems, and the status quo.
ABOUT THE FLOCK
The Oncology Research flock identifies and develops novel strategies that enhance anti-tumor T cell activity through synthetic biology and genetic engineering. The successful candidate will use their expertise in T cell immunology and cancer biology to work collaboratively to deliver transformative medicines to patients with unmet medical needs. If you crave innovation, embrace new challenges and strive to solve tough problems - come join us! We are a team that works, learns, and grows together - and we're eager to start co-creating with you!
HOW YOU’LL FLY
As a PhD Scientist bird reporting to a Senior Scientist, you'll help to bring more patients their bluebird days by:
- Apply a strong foundation in T cell biology and cancer biology and sound technical fundamentals in cellular immunology (e.g. molecular biology, cell culture, flow cytometry, T cell functional assays, etc.) to lead preclinical CAR T/TCR research activities
- Rapidly gain full proficiency in running established assays aimed at assessing T cell function and phenotypic characterization
- Develop and optimize new assays to explore and understand the anti-tumor activity of engineered T cells
- Conceive, design, and execute experiments that answer critical biological questions and advance innovative cellular therapies from discovery through preclinical development
- Analyze, interpret, and present data in cross-functional team meetings
- Mentor associate scientists and provide technical guidance and career development opportunities
- Represent the Oncology Research team in a variety of cross-functional forums to provide feedback on scientific strategy, experimental priorities, and timelines
WHAT YOU’LL BRING
You’re the bird we’re looking for if you:
- PhD in immunology, cancer biology, or related discipline with 2+ years of experience
- Expertise in mammalian cell culture, including tumor cell lines and primary human cells (human T cell culture preferred)
- Expertise in standard immunological techniques (e.g. flow cytometry, MSD/Luminex, cytotoxicity, etc.)
- Strong proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques (cloning, cell line engineering, etc.)
- Familiarity with CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing is a plus
- Working knowledge of various software (e.g. Microsoft Office, FlowJo, GraphPad Prism, FACSDiva, Geneious)
- Understanding of safe lab practices and BSL requirements
- Proven ability to effectively plan and organize work activities to meet schedules and deadlines
- Independently motivated, detail-oriented, and good problem-solving skills with ability and experience to troubleshoot complex technical and scientific problems
- Strong ability to present data in a variety of team settings and actively participate in departmental meetings as well as cross-functional area research teams
- Previous experience managing or mentoring junior scientists is a plus
All our birds embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself.
bluebird bio is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusion are not only valued, but prioritized. We believe a diverse and inclusive community empowers us to act courageously, care deeply, and dream boldly to impact people in big ways. Diverse viewpoints bring diverse capabilities which strengthen our focus and fuel our growth.
bluebird is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.