Analytical Development Research Associate/Sr. Research Associate

At CARGO Therapeutics, upending the status quo is in our DNA. We combine a deep understanding of CAR T resistance with a vision of transforming peoples’ lives through the development of next generation cell therapies that provide deeper and more durable responses to a growing number of patients.

CARGO is an exciting biotechnology company founded by Crystal Mackall and Robbie Majzner to develop next generation CAR T cell therapies designed to achieve superior efficacy by pre-empting important drivers of drug resistance. Our lead program includes a differentiated and clinically validated CD22 CAR that is in clinical development for patients with B-cell malignancies. To help move this and other programs forward, CARGO has brought together a passionate and seasoned team to develop a focused portfolio strategy. Our team is based in San Mateo, California.

Join us to help make a difference.

Position Summary

The successful candidate will work closely with the Process Sciences team and the broader CMC team to support the development of analytical methods for testing and release of CARGO’s cell therapy products. The individual will also collaborate cross-functionally to ensure timely development and manufacture, and release of drug products as well as support regulatory submissions. The role is based in San Mateo, CA.

What You’ll Do at CARGO

  • Support planning and execution of experiments and associated analysis and reporting
  • Provide analytical support for technical development studies performed both internally and externally
  • Support analytical method transfer to external testing partners and/or QC at external contract manufacturing organization including compilation of documentation (protocols, test methods, reports)
  • Participate in laboratory set up, equipment procurement, and establish internal process development practices
  • Author relevant documentation (protocols, technical development, qualification reports)
  • Organize, communicate, and present data to key stakeholders, senior management, and external partners
  • Interface and work collaboratively with CDMO and testing lab partners
  • Proactively enable cross-functional collaborations with internal stakeholders, external partners, and consultants.

The Right Stuff
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in a relevant scientific area such as biotechnology, bioprocess, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry (required)
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in T cell biology and/or immunotherapy
  • Prior experience in cell therapy, industry, analytical development preferred
  • Expertise in multi-color flow cytometry including panel design and data analysis, T cell functional assays (proliferation, cytotoxicity, cytokine/chemokine release), ELISA, and qPCR highly preferred
  • Understanding of ICH guidelines, Quality by Design (QBD) principles, method qualification and validation preferred
  • Ability to work in a highly adaptive environment and learn new skills for changing priorities
  • Flexible and creative, with ability to think outside the box
  • Must have interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Proficiency in Office, Design of Experiments, JMP, Prism, and other productivity and data analysis tools is a plus

EEO & Employment Eligibility

CARGO Therapeutics, Inc. is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company. We provide equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. CARGO Therapeutics, Inc. also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requires of applicable law.

CARGO Therapeutics requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of their start date.  This requirement is a condition of employment at CARGO, and it applies regardless of whether the position is located at a CARGO site or is fully remote.  If you are unable to receive the vaccine due to a disability or serious medical condition, or because it is prohibited because of your sincerely held religious beliefs, you will have an opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation.