Career | Scientist, Discovery | Umoja Biopharma

Scientist, Discovery

Umoja Biopharma

Seattle, WA, US

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Industry: Therapeutics
  • Post Date: 08/01/2022
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  • Company Address: 1920 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

About Umoja Biopharma

Umoja is developing a new approach to cancer therapy that retools a patient’s immune system in vivo, enhancing the body’s natural capacity to fight cancer. We envision a world where all patients with cancer have access to the most advanced immunotherapies and are free from the burdens of traditional cancer therapies.

Job Description

About the job

Umoja Biopharma is a game-changing biotech start-up with locations in Seattle, WA and Boulder, CO, focused on transforming the treatment of cancer with a novel integrated immunotherapy platform. Our vision is to develop off-the-shelf therapies capable of treating any tumor, any time. We are a diverse and growing team working in brand-new facilities in downtown Seattle, Washington, and Boulder, Colorado, and we are looking for innovative thinkers who are excited by groundbreaking science and technology, and passionate about squaring up to the challenges inherent to cutting edge drug development. We are committed to the principles of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and strongly invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who share our commitment and help position Umoja as a leader in this front.

We at Umoja believe in the importance of stories; we are looking for great people to join our team to help us create more stories for ourselves, for you, and most importantly for patients and their families. 

Umoja Biopharma – Your Body. Your Hope. Your Cure. 

Position Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated and capable Scientist to join the Discovery team. The successful candidate will focus on discovery, development, and optimization related to Umoja proprietary VivoVec™ and RACR™ technologies for the creation of novel engineered T cell therapies for the treatment of cancer. This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting startup biotechnology company with an amazing team of scientists working to develop the next generation of cancer immunotherapies.


Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Develop, validate, and optimize VivoVec™ surface engineering technology by setting up in vitro T cell and NK cell culture and assays
  • Design and setup experiments to evaluate RACR™ activity in CAR T cells, including T cell proliferation and functional assays
  • Develop in vitro assays to explore long term CAR T cell function, exhaustion, and phenotype, such as repeated/continuous stimulation assays
  • Assist with the design and analysis of in vivo studies
  • Participate in exploratory and new pipeline development related to next generation CAR T cell therapies
  • Maintain complete laboratory records and prepare technical data reports and presentations

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, Immunology, Virology, or related discipline with 10+/8+ years of experience respectively, in the CAR T cell field or a PhD in the field of immunology/cancer immunotherapy and 0-2 year of laboratory experience.
  • Experience with protein analytical techniques such as multi-color flow cytometry, ELISA, and western blotting
  • Experience with functional assays, such as MSD, Incucyte®, spheroid cultures using human CAR T cells
  • Experience with lentiviral vector transduction assays
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques such as cloning

Preferred Qualification

  • Biotech industry experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work on multiple projects
  • Strong communication skills in technical writing and oral presentation

COVID-19 Policy

Pursuant to Umoja Biopharma’s Vaccine Policy, we are currently requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated to work onsite or visit any of our physical locations. In addition, you must provide proof of vaccination to work onsite or visit any of our physical locations. Umoja will consider reasonable accommodation for medical condition/disability and sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance unless such accommodation would result in an undue hardship.

Benefits Offerings

Umoja Biopharma offers its employees comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision plans through Premera Blue Cross, Delta Dental, and VSP, respectively, with no premium costs to our employees. Additionally, we offer Umojians access to a 401k plan through Fidelity, with a 100% match up to their first 6% deferral. Umoja also provides a competitive, unlimited Paid Time Off policy, employee commuter benefits, and childcare reimbursement. For a full breakdown of our benefits offerings, please see the Benefits section of our website.

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