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Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. Research Associate, Process Development in Aurora, Colorado

This role works with the Technical Operations teams to develop and improve cell therapy manufacturing processes. The Research Associate will participate in laboratory activities to support process development, product characterization and cell reagent production for Atara’s cytotoxic T cell products. They will be responsible for cell culture media preparation, cell culture, analytical cell reagent preparation and stocking and maintaining the PD laboratories. Under minimal supervision, the successful candidate is expected to assist in experiments, carefully document method and materials, and communicate findings. The position is based out of PD lab at the Fitzsimons Innovation Campus.

Reports to: Supervisor, Process Development

Location: Aurora, CO (Fitzsimons Innovation campus)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the production of a comprehensive library of antigen presenting cells as assay reagents.

  • Sets up, monitors, samples and analyzes cell culture processes.

  • Assists in maintaining laboratory, monitoring lab inventory and ordering supplies.

  • Documents laboratory procedures and experiments with great attention to detail in laboratory notebooks.

  • Provides support for the development of manufacturing processes for cell therapy products.

  • Assists in process development studies to develop a thorough understanding of operating and performance parameters (design space).

Travel Ability to travel up to 10% travel time.

Physical Requirements

Subject to extended periods of sitting and standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in a wet laboratory, office or clinical environment.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience - Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant scientific discipline.

  • Ability to follow laboratory procedures with attention to detail, and successfully execute experiments at the bench.

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed lab execution records and perform data analysis.


  • Experience with aseptic cell culture and cell-based assays.

  • Knowledge of primary human T cell function and biology space.

We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We’re named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

We’re proud of our team of 350+ Atarians co-located by design in South San Francisco (corporate headquarters) and Southern California (R&D and manufacturing headquarters in the northwest Los Angeles area) with a newly-established European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Atara also has a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area and an office in New York City. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

Our mission – “Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.”

Our vision - “T-Cell Immunotherapy for every patient, any time.”

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Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual’s association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.

We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States.

Job ID: 2019-1231

External Company Name: Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.

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