Fannin Innovation Studio: Research Assistant

Position: Full-time

The research assistant will be expected to work independently on various projects across Fannin’s portfolio under the direction of the team lead(s).

Essential Job Functions:

  • Executes planned experiments and is responsible for participating in the development and Collaborates with supervisor on the preparation of data for reports.
  • Maintains detailed lab notebooks (e-notebook) to document all activities, record results, and insert/retrieve data.
  • Oversees purchase of lab equipment and supplies and maintains inventory necessary to complete projects and experiments as assigned.
  • Maintains high level of knowledge regarding equipment, procedures and safety. Will be responsible for EHS (Environment Health & Safety) compliance as per lab guidelines
  • Tissue culture projects will involve maintaining established cell lines using standard tissue culture techniques including: plating cells, determining cell counts and cell viability, proliferation and functional assays, freezing cell lines properly to assure cell viability and aid in maintaining an organized cell repository.
  • Immunoassay (ELISA) development projects will involve performing bioconjugation reactions, mixing assay reagents, running assays on a prototype analyzer, and generating spreadsheets and plots of experimental data.
  • Nanoparticle projects will involve synthesis and characterization of lipid nanoparticles, process optimization, performing in vitro efficacy experiments, and use of fluorescence microscopy.
  • Other techniques: Executing various basic molecular biology techniques including but not limited to DNA preparation, PCR, RNA isolation, qPCR, molecular cloning, western blotting, proliferation assays, drug/compound screening, protein purification, co-immunoprecipitation, microscopy, etc. A strong candidate is expected to have successful experience in carrying out many of these procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience:

  • M.S. degree in a life science field plus 2-3 years of post-graduation biology wet lab experience in an academic lab or life science/pharmaceutical company performing research and development.
  • Experience with tissue culture and basic molecular biology skills is required with experience in other listed techniques considered a bonus
  • Able to interpret data and write scientific reports as well as other written communications
  • Highly motivated team player with strong organizational and communication skills. Able to work independently. Ability to collaborate efficiently as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to multi-task multiple research projects.

To Apply:

Submit a CV/resume to Serena Miggins at Please put “Research Assistant” as email subject.

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