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Cell R&D Associate

All Openings | Research Triangle Park, NC | Full Time

Job Description

**Please note, Humacyte does not provide sponsorship at this time.**

Humacyte, Inc., a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative, award winning human biotherapies.  We are currently developing multiple vascular tissue engineered therapies and expanding our business model.  With a broad pipeline of potential new therapy applications, we continue to build our organization and scientific teams.  We are looking for additional biomedical research and development colleagues to continue to build our expanding team.

Candidates will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the Humacyte organization. Applicants must be highly self-motivated, with solid communication skills, and demonstrates the ability to work in a team environment and lead other professionals and peers.

Position reports to Director, Cell Research


  • Responsible for culture of primary human cells for purposes of cell expansion, characterization, and tissue engineering
  • Perform qRT-PCR to screen donor cells
  • Aseptic compounding and aliquoting media and buffers
  • Construct, launch and maintain bioreactors that are used to grow engineered vascular tissues
  • Perform cell-based assays
  • Verify process data, protocols, and manage supporting documents
  • Additional duties will include support of routine lab activities, equipment management, lab maintenance, preparation of experimental materials and protocols, and ensuring good documentation practices for all activities performed
  • Schedule flexibility required for some occasional cell culture activities needed outside of standard weekday business hours (e.g. weekend cell culture maintenance activities).
  • Other duties, as assigned

General Competencies:

  • Positive attitude and optimistic outlook
  • Strong ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team to set goals, execute project plans, monitor progress and communicate results
  • Motivated and organized critical thinker with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Open communication of findings and information to other team members; transparency and knowledge sharing is required for this position
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a broader, multidisciplinary, cross-functional team
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer skills required, knowledge of MS Office Suite

Special Competencies:

  • Skilled in cell culture and bioprocessing with outstanding sterile technique
  • Skilled in qRT-PCR and associated technologies
  • Able to design and troubleshoot cell culture process optimization studies
  • Experience in media compounding and aliquoting in a closed system a plus
  • Familiarity with bioreactors, or background in biomedical or mechanical engineering, a plus
  • Familiarity with applications of statistics to standard measurements of biological systems
  • Experience with RNA, DNA, and protein isolation
  • Knowledge and experience in use and maintenance of common laboratory procedure and equipment


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline plus 3-5 years related work experience; or Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline plus 1-2 years related work experience.   Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering
  • Strong background/technique in aseptic processing
  • Background in one or more specialties: cell biology, molecular biology, cell technology, biomedical engineering, cell therapy, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine
  • Relevant pharma or biotech industry experience a plus
  • Experience with Biological Sample Management systems a plus
  • Experience with flow cytometry, IHC, ICC a plus
  • Knowledge of genomics and NGS methods and data a plus
  • Experience authoring and maintaining GxP documents, including SOPs and data reports


  • Stock Options
  • 401k Plan with Matching
  • Medical, Vision and Dental Plans
  • Long Term/Short Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 23 Days Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave Policies
  • Career Development and Training

**Please note, Humacyte does not provide sponsorship at this time.**