Research Associate (Contract) @ GreenLight Biosciences

September 17, 2020

Position Summary

GreenLight Biosciences is seeking an exceptional and highly motivated Research Associate to help advance the company’s platform technology for mRNA therapeutics. The successful candidate will support R&D efforts within the company in the areas of platform and process development, sample generation, and product characterization. A strong background and independence in molecular biology is required. Organizational and communication skills, creative problem-solving, and flexibility are essential.


This is a six-month contract position. Due to physical distancing measures associated with GreenLight’s COVID-19 response plan, this position may require off-hours or shift work.




  • Design, perform, and optimize enzymatic reactions with DNA & RNA substrates, including but not limited to PCR, molecular cloning, transcription, reverse transcription, and post-transcriptional modification.
  • Perform routine microbiology tasks including bacterial transformation, plating, and culturing.
  • Analyze DNA & RNA using state-of-the-art and standard techniques, including gel and capillary electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, immunoblotting, sequencing, spectrophotometry, etc.
  • Purify DNA using standard techniques, including spin columns and solvent extraction.
  • Purify RNA products using state-of-the-art chromatographic techniques.
  • Work independently, and in collaboration with multidisciplinary project teams, as well as the Analytical Chemistry and Metabolic Engineering groups.
  • Clearly communicate results and recommendations to colleagues, managers, and senior management, assisting in project decision-making.
  • Maintain diligent and organized records.



  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or a related discipline with at least 2 years of industrial experience or 4 years of academic experience.
  • Experience performing, optimizing, and troubleshooting state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques is required.
  • Previous experience using aseptic technique is required.
  • Specific experience with single-stranded RNA, including synthesis, handling, and analysis, is preferable.
  • Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills are required, with the ability to work independently and on a team.

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