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Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate - Process Development in Denver, Colorado

This role works with the Technical Operations teams to develop and improve cell therapy manufacturing processes. The RA/Sr. RA 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).

Education and Experience - Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant scientific discipline with 0-2 years of related industry experience for Research Associate level. Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant scientific discipline with 2-5 years of related industry experience for Senior Research Associate level

  • 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 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 400+ Atarians co-located by design in 4 different locations including South San Francisco (corporate headquarters), Thousand Oaks (R&D and manufacturing headquarters), Zug, Switzerland (european headquarters) and a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area. 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.

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.”

Atara offers a competitive benefits packages that includes medical/dental/vision benefits, life and disability, retirement and stock program, as well as a generous paid time off and wellness plan that supports the well-being of our staff. Visit to learn more

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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.

Official Title: Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate - Process Development

Job ID: 2021-1493

External Company Name: Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.

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