Ring Therapeutics Inc. is a privately held, early-stage biotechnology company pioneering a completely novel form of gene therapy by exploiting a family of naturally occurring commensal viruses to create the first re-dosable and targetable DNA medicines. This approach enables a powerful new class of tropic, persistent, non-integrating vectors that overcome the immunogenicity, and limited tropism of existing gene therapy vectors. Ring Therapeutics is leveraging this versatile technology to develop a broad pipeline of novel, targeted medicines for disease with high unmet medical need.
Ring Therapeutics was founded by Flagship Pioneering, focused on launching breakthrough companies based on internally conceived innovations and insights. Flagship Pioneering has created over 40 groundbreaking companies over the past fifteen years, all of which are pioneering novel and proprietary biological, industrial, and engineering approaches to solve major needs in human health and sustainability. These companies include Moderna (MRNA), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MCRB), Syros Pharmaceuticals (SYRS), Rubius Therapeutics (RUBY), Axcella Health, Evelo Biosciences (EVLO), and Indigo Agriculture.
Ring Therapeutics is seeking a virology Research Associate to join the Platform and Biology team to help develop a new gene therapy technology. The successful candidate will help characterize newly discovered human viruses, as well as build and characterize engineered viral vectors. They will perform experiments, record data, and help analyze it. This will be a great opportunity to participate in cutting-edge virology, viral vector engineering, and synthetic biology research. We are searching for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals who are comfortable multitasking and working both with a team and independently on various aspects of the viral platform development.
- Study the molecular virology of novel human and/or animal viruses
- Make, and characterize new viral vectors
- Maintain electronic lab notebooks, and communicate results to the scientific team
- Work independently and collaborate with scientific colleagues in support of team goals
- Adhere to laboratory safety requirements and procedures
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in virology or a closely related field
- 2 years of immunology/virology research experience in an academic or industry setting
- Experience with
- classical virology techniques including virus culture, isolation (e.g., via centrifugation methods, including isopycnic), and quantification (infectivity, transduction assays, plaque assays, TCID, etc…)
- manipulation of viral vectors, particularly for gene therapy applications
- molecular biology and recombinant DNA techniques, including transfections of mammalian cells.
- Demonstrated ability to work with highly skilled teams in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial and technical environment.
- Excellent communication skills, capable of conveying technical information in a clear and thorough manner.
- Comfortable delivering against challenging commitments.
- Confident, execution focused, team oriented, with an ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.