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Production Research Associate

Department: Technology Development

Location: Milpitas, California, United States


An idea conceived in a University of Cambridge laboratory in 1998, Abcam plc ( began life as an innovative and entrepreneurial start-up, spearheaded by like-minded individuals who shared a common purpose of providing the scientific community with quality antibody reagents, as well as trustworthy and up-to-date information about their uses and limitations. Abcam has now grown to become a leading supplier of protein research tools to life scientists, whilst always maintaining the core collaborative values assumed at its inception.


Abcam now supports life science researchers in their quest to understand the cause of disease and ultimately offer improvements to diagnoses and treatments. To achieve this outcome, the company both develops and manufactures its own products in specialist facilities across the globe, and sources from over 400 partners, offering scientists the newest, most innovative and highest quality research tools available globally, regardless of source. With a customer base of research scientists who require high performance products with detailed technical specifications, 64% of global researchers use Abcam products.


There are six broad categories of products: primary antibodies; secondary antibodies; functional assays; ELISA and other kits; biochemicals, proteins and peptides; and more recently, gene-edited cell lines and lysates. Abcam’s information-rich products, together with expert customer support and fast delivery makes it the researcher’s choice.


Mission – To serve life scientists to achieve their mission faster

Vision – To be the most influential life sciences company for researchers worldwide

Strategy – To deliver sustainable, profitable, long-term growth


The Role

Following the acquisition of gene editing platform and oncology product portfolio of Applied StemCell Inc, we are now looking to expand the team as we look to become a leader in the cell engineering field. With this in mind, we are recruiting for a Research Associate to join our production team.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career within a growing business by playing a hands-on role in gene editing projects in cells, cell culture and cell-based assays.

Key Responsibilities

Under direction and supervision:

  • Ability to work in the wet molecular and cell biology lab and animal facility.

  • Ability to process different biohazard materials, such as animal and human blood, urine, saliva, feces and various tissues. Lab Chemical Hygiene, Hazard Waster Handling, Bloodborne Pathogen, Medical Waste Handling.

  • Assist in characterization of various cell product lines

  • Assist in characterization and OC assays of various cell product lines

  • Cell Culture: Transfections of mammalian cell lines, iPSC maintenance,

  • expansion, and characterization (desired).

  • Molecular Biology: PCR, RNA isolation/cDNA generation/RT-PCR to Characterize specific cell markers.

  • Generate high-quality and deliverable data, perform data analysis and report in a timely, troubleshooting wherever needed;

  • Collaborate and exchange the technique protocols, tips and experience with other team members internally or externally

  • Create and manage good documentation of experimental data and reagent inventories

  • Perform a good laboratory practice and maintenance. Keep a safe and clean laboratory hygiene.

  • Perform additional relevant duties as needed and assigned.

Skills and Experience Required

  • B.S. in Molecuiar Biology, Cell Biochemistry, Immunology, Hematology, Cell Biology or a closely related discipline,

  • At least two years of relevant laboratory experience

  • Experienced working with animal models  

  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills

  • Excellent computer skills including instrumentation specific software and proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Position requires prolonged stints of standing/sitting



The team are currently co-located in the current Applied StemCell Inc facility Milpitas, CA, although are planned to relocate to a nearby facility by Summer 2020.

Pay and Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (including our award-winning share scheme), a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development, and a highly flexible working environment.