Research Associate, Process Sciences

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Job Description

This Research Associate role works with the Technical Operations teams to develop and improve cell therapy manufacturing processes.  The Research Associate will participate in laboratory activities to support process development, product characterization and cell reagent production for Atara’s cytotoxic T cell products.  

They will be responsible for cell culture, analytical cell reagent preparation, and stocking and maintaining the PD laboratories.  Under minimal supervision, the successful candidate is expected to assist in experiments, carefully document method and materials, and communicate findings.  The position is based out of our PD lab at the Fitzsimons Innovation Campus.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the production of a comprehensive library of antigen presenting cells as assay reagents.
  • Sets up, monitors, samples and analyzes cell culture processes.
  • Assists in maintaining laboratory, monitoring lab inventory and ordering supplies.
  • Documents laboratory procedures and experiments with great attention to detail.
  • Provides support for the development of manufacturing processes for cell therapy products.
  • Assists in process development studies to develop a thorough understanding of operating and performance parameters (design space).


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Ability to follow laboratory procedures with attention to detail, and successfully execute experiments at the bench.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed lab execution records and perform data analysis.
  • Role model for Atara TRAIT values (Transparency, Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Trust)


  • Experience with aseptic cell culture and cell-based assays.
  • Knowledge of primary human T cell function and biology space.
  • More About Atara Bio

    We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We’re named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

    Our mission – “Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork and expertise.”

    Visit www.atarabio.com to learn more.

    Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual’s association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.

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