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Job Overview

We are seeking an experienced technician to contribute to the development of cellular therapies. Luminary Therapeutics is a biotechnology company in the Minneapolis metro area that focuses on development of state-of-the-art cancer treatments. Prior hands-on experience with the culture of mammalian cells is required. Investigation will focus on producing and characterizing engineered T cells using in vitro systems. Other duties may include laboratory management and inventory, bioanalytical method development, and sample processing and analysis in support of cell therapy platforms.  If you’re a passionate self-starter, Luminary is a perfect place to grow your career and skill set.


  • Cell culture and analysis of cell lines and primary human cells, as needed
  • Collaborate with the CAR T platform development team to perform in vitro characterization of novel CAR- T cells in cell-based assays
  • Perform routine and non-routine tests using the appropriate technical equipment and instruments
  • Receive, process, and cryopreserve cell samples as required
  • Experience with flow cytometry and magnetic cell separations a plus, but not required
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems, both with scientific leads and independently
  • Analyze and interpret data, prepare summary tables and review raw data
  • Assist with writing of SOPs, study plans and reports
  • Maintain an organized and up to date lab notebook
  • Identify, monitor and manage external providers for sourcing of specific critical reagents and activities
  • Order and keep accurate inventories of supplies for laboratory needs and forecast future needs based on projected needs
  • Coordinate with external contract laboratories to generate novel reagents that compliment CAR products and facilitate product characterization and clinical correlative assays
  • Maintain database of Certificates of Analysis and Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Opportunities to learn manufacturing and analysis skills relevant to cellular therapies
  • Practice safe work habits, including complying with all safety, health, and environmental rules and regulations

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field
  • 1-2 years of experience working in a lab
  • Computer skills: Knowledge of Microsoft Office and other relevant computer programs
  • Analytical and numerical skills: Ability to perform scientific mathematical calculations (reagent preparation, concentration adjustment, etc) in different units of measurement; ability to use concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to write correspondence and reports
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels

Working Environment

  • Work is generally performed in an office, laboratory, or manufacturing environment
  • Exposure to biological fluids with potential exposure to infectious organisms
  • Rare exposure to skin and lung irritants, toxic materials, and hazardous waste
  • Personal protective equipment required, such as protective eyewear, garments, and gloves
  • Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets

Position Type

  • This is a full-time position
  • Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available during the “core” work hours as published in the Luminary Therapeutics Employee Handbook
  • Weekend, holiday, and evening work may be required as needed

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