Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Antibody Discovery and Engineering

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Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Antibody Discovery and Engineering

Location: Waltham, MA

Job Description:

Palleon Pharmaceuticals is seeking a highly motivated individual to join a dynamic team of scientists to express and purify antibodies and proteins to support therapeutics discovery. The primary responsibilities for this position include antibody screening, molecular cloning, expression, purification, analysis and characterization of recombinant antibodies and proteins. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct hybridoma antibody screenings
  • Design primers and construct plasmid vectors
  • Analyze DNA and protein sequences
  • Express proteins/antibodies using mammalian cells (milligram to gram scale)
  • Purify and characterize proteins/antibodies
  • Troubleshoot and design strategies to express difficult proteins
  • Solve challenging protein purification problems
  • Design, execute, analyze, interpret, and document experiments
  • Attend team meetings, deliver presentations, and participate in discussions
  • Assist with general laboratory duties including lab equipment maintenance, ordering and receiving of research reagents


  • BS/MS degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of industry experience
  • Hands-on experience in the following areas: molecular cloning, expression of recombinant proteins, protein purification, and protein characterization using analytical techniques


  • ELISA, Octet, flow cytometry
  • RT-PCR, PCR, mutagenesis, cloning, transformation, bacterial culture
  • Cell transfection, mammalian cell culture
  • Various chromatography techniques (affinity and size-exclusion chromatography)
  • AKTA protein purification systems
  • DNA and protein electrophoresis, western blotting
  • Familiarity with DNASTAR Lasergene or similar programs
  • Critical problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task
  • “Can do” attitude and motivation to succeed in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for learning and applying new technologies when required

Who We Are:

Palleon Pharmaceuticals is the leading biotechnology company developing drugs that target glycan-mediated immune regulation to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases. The company’s proprietary platforms integrate technologies and insights from global scientific leaders in the glyco-immunology field to overcome historical scientific hurdles and create novel therapeutics for devastating diseases characterized by immune system dysfunction.  Palleon’s lead program in oncology, an enzymatic sialoglycan degrader for T cell exhaustion in cancer, is expected to enter clinical testing in 2021.  The company has several other drug discovery programs underway in disease areas where glycan-mediated immune regulation plays a role, including inflammatory diseases such as autoimmunity and fibrosis. Palleon was launched in 2015. The company recently raised a $100 million Series B financing from leading investors Matrix Capital Management, Surveyor Capital (a Citadel company), SR One, Pfizer Ventures, Vertex Ventures HC, Takeda Ventures and AbbVie Ventures.  Learn more at