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Research Associate I, Analytical Sciences

Company Profile

Inovio is taking immunotherapy to the next level in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases. We are the only immunotherapy company that has reported generating T cells in vivo in high quantity that are fully functional and whose killing capacity correlates with relevant clinical outcomes with a favorable safety profile. The company is advancing a growing clinical and preclinical stage product pipeline. Partners and collaborators include MedImmune, Roche, University of Pennsylvania, DARPA, GeneOne Life Science, Drexel University, NIH, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Military HIV Research Program, and University of Manitoba. For more information, visit

Job summary

The Research Associate position handles samples from Inovio’s human clinical trials and processes whole blood to isolate the mononuclear cells. The Research Associate performs day-to-day laboratory duties and is incorporated into a collaborative team of scientists that determines the vaccine induced immune responses.

Essential job functions and duties

  • Assist in the development of and perform immunological assays such as ELISA and ELISPOT in support of Phase I clinical trials
  • Human blood and tissue sampling, including isolating PBMCs from whole blood
  • Present experimental results in departmental and/or company meetings
  • Generate documentation and perform record keeping responsibilities
  • Perform general lab duties such as reagents prep, stocking of supplies, cleaning, shipping and receiving
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum requirements

  • B.S. Degree in biological sciences, preferably in immunology, cell or molecular biology, or bioengineering
  • One year of research experience within an academic or industry lab
  • Excellent organizational and written/oral communication skills
  • Able to work well independently and as a member of a team
  • Capable of solving complex problems and mastering a spectrum of techniques in basic cell culture and immunology
  • Adhere to corporate policies and standard operating procedures


Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with our policy, Inovio will recruit, hire, train and promote into all job titles the most qualified individuals, without regard to race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

A current US work authorization is required.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. Inovio offers an attractive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.  

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