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Research Associate, Analytical Sciences

Oncorus, Inc. is an early-stage biotechnology company developing a next-generation immunotherapy platform to treat cancer. Oncorus was founded by MPM Managing Director, Mitchell H. Finer, PhD, a well-known biotechnology entrepreneur. Oncorus is a leader in corporate philanthropy, and has taken a pledge to donate a portion of product sales to fund promising cancer research and to support cancer care in the developing world. We are located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.

We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative candidate for the role of Research Associate, Analytical Sciences.  This is a fantastic opportunity to make a significant impact as a scientifically motivated self-starter capable of independently conceiving, conducting, and critically analyzing his/her own work with minimal supervision.

Day to Day Accountabilities and Opportunities


  • Perform full analytical testing to support product characterization
  • Analytical methods will include plaque forming assays, titer assay, cell based assays, ELISA, qPCR and gel electrophoresis
  • Provide additional analytical support for assay optimization, development, qualification and technology transfer
  • Work closely with upstream and downstream teams to support process development and product characterization
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency needed to meet critical corporate objectives, encompassing the areas of analytical method development
  • Generate and manage method protocols, data and reports

Previous Experience

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or closely related field is required
  • At least 2 years of post-degree research experience in an academic or industrial setting
  • Biotech experience is strongly preferred (cell and gene therapy, virology or biologics preferred)
  • Experience working in a regulated environment is a plus
  • Experience working in an analytical science, quality control or R&D setting
  • Relevant experience working with biomacromolecules (viruses, VLPs, RNA, DNA, proteins, mAbs)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with multiple analytical methods
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cross-functional team.
  • Ability to adapt to frequent change and thrive in a dynamic and entrepreneurial early-stage environment
  • Strong communication and organization skills, good working knowledge of MS office, data plotting and graphing software
  • Displays a high degree of maturity, honesty, trust and integrity.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • A scientifically motivated self-starter, capable of independently conceiving, conducting, and critically analyzing his/her own work with minimal supervision
  • A strong presenter and communicator, with the ability to work in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment
  • Someone who thrives on making a difference, as well as living with some ambiguity and change as we get off the ground
  • Someone who gets excited by a lean organization and never says or likes hearing “that’s not my job”
  • Someone who enjoys a transparent, respectful and innovative environment


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: commensurate with role and experience


Oncorus, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, life insurance, unlimited vacation and much more.


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