Website Absci Corporation

Absci is the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins. We built our Integrated Drug Creation™ Platform to identify novel drug targets, discover optimal biotherapeutic candidates, and generate the cell lines to manufacture them in a single efficient process. Our goal is to enable the development of better medicines. We Translate Ideas into Drugs™. Based in Vancouver, Washington, ten minutes from Portland, Oregon, we’re located within an hour of world class alpine terrain and rugged Pacific coastlines. Check out this short video to learn more and see how our #Unlimiters are changing the world one protein at a time:

Senior Research Associate/Associate Scientist I

A successful candidate will join the BioServices team, working to refine and improve Absci’s cell banking process. They will apply their understanding of microbiology and cell culturing to ensure strains are being banked at a consistent level of high quality by executing our current processes. Additionally, they will work collaboratively with the various teams that use strain banks to design experiments and drive evidence-based improvements. The candidate will also work with Informatics and Sequencing teams to overhaul current quality control methodology. The candidate will own implementation and execution of a variety of processes including media formulation and automated single use vial generation. The candidate will have to lean on their impeccable organization, communication, and collaboration skills in order to be successful. Successful candidates will display a proactive mindset, a strong work ethic, and be excited to influence the buildout of the team.


  • Gather requirements from teams that use strain banks, and learn their processes that utilize cell banks. Determine cell growth stage desired, cell densities desired, minimum or maximum volumes of banks, and more
  • Collaborate with various teams to test and deliver improvements that meet these requirements
  • Execute routine cell banking, various QC assays, and design and run experiments aimed at continuous improvement
  • Interact with our LIMS system for organization and tracking of on and off site strain bank storage.
  • Assess strain bank quality and either pass or rework samples.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with Absci’s cross functional teams to advance program directives


  • BS with 5+ years or MS with 3+ years in a life science discipline
  • Familiarity with general strain banking processes and infrastructure
  • Familiarity with LIMS systems
  • Strong microbiology skills including cell culturing and aseptic techniques
  • SOP writing experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with automated liquid handlers (Hamilton instruments especially)
  • Familiarity with control charting
  • Familiarity with preparing samples for NGS analysis
  • Familiarity with general bioreactor/fermentation runs

We seek candidates who will dive into our creative company culture that’s collaborative, multidisciplinary, and committed to a big vision for positive impact. We are defying conventions and innovating without boundaries. We are disrupting an industry with bold ideas and passionate pursuit of new possibilities. We are looking for original thinkers, creative scientists, and data-devoted gurus. Successful candidates will be excited to work in a dynamic environment and contribute as a key member of a project team. If this sounds good to you, we invite you to join us in our quest to redefine possible.

Absci offers highly competitive salaries and benefits, including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, breakfast and lunch, and 401(k) with a generous company match. Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. Absci is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Absci will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Absci offers a dog-friendly work environment – bring your pup along for the ride.

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