Hesperos, Inc. Immunologist [Adaptive] - Scientist I/II Orlando, FL · Full time

Searching for an experienced, new team member to share their knowledge + love of research to further the mission of Hesperos, Inc.


About You 

  • You are a rigorous experimentalist who takes pride in your ability to execute at the bench.
  • You are conscientious and pay almost obsessive attention to detail, as organized documentation is second nature. 
  • You are curious, love learning, and are eager to take on hard problems. 
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy pushing the edge of what is possible.
  • You are resourceful and like to work independently but are not shy to ask for advice.
  • Experienced bench-level immunologist proficient in the isolation, culture, and functional characterization of primary human immune cells, specifically NK, dendritic cells, macrophages, T cells, and B cells
  • Highly skilled with immunological techniques (high level of expertise in flow cytometry required, ELISA, cell culture, and phenotypic characterization of primary immune cells)

What You’ll Do 

  • Keep detailed and organized records of experimental protocols and results 
  • Present findings and data analysis in research meetings. 
  • Compile and interpret data and prepare presentations for management review 
  • Assign tasks to and mentor junior scientists (research associates and research assistants) 
  • Develop a statement of work (SOW) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for client contracts
  • Present data in client meetings 
  • Write and submit final reports and manuscripts under the guidance of a Senior Scientist at the conclusion of a project
  • Create, maintain, and curate human patient-derived cell sample biorepository, associated QC materials/reagents, and protocols for use/application
  • Assess the therapeutic potential of candidate drug molecules using in vitro assays of innate and adaptive immune cell function with a focus on adaptive immunology (NK, myeloid cells, B cells, and T cells)
  • Execute experiments with minimal supervision and delivers comprehensive, high-quality data sets to enable decision-making
  • Design, develop and optimize new assays for immune system profiling both independently and in collaboration with a team of other researchers
  • Be a source of expertise for cutting-edge immunology by keeping up with the current literature

Basic Qualifications 

  • Minimum Requirements: Master's with 3+ years or Ph.D. with 0+ years of experience. 
  • Proficiency in common office software (typically Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to lead and mentor research associates 
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture 
  • Creativity and the ability to work with an interdisciplinary team to achieve technical and corporate milestones
  • Exceptional communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills 
  • Knowledge of human pluripotent stem cell culture, characterization, and QC.
  • Experience with ESC/iPSC differentiation protocols, reprogramming techniques, and functional readouts.
  • Working knowledge of in vivo application of iPSC-derived cell models
  • Direct hands-on experience with a variety of cell-based and molecular biology readout technologies, such as flow cytometry immunophenotyping and analysis, FACS (cell sorting), qPCR, ELISA, and high-content and confocal imaging.
  • Ability to work on weekends when necessary.


Preferred Qualifications 

Prior experience in: 

  • Managing junior technicians and/or graduate or undergraduate researchers 
  • Experience with Monday.com, Instagantt, and Python 
  • Independent planning and execution of complex in vitro experiments 
  • Experience with co-culture models or 3D culture systems, MPS (micro physiological system) (3D multi-cellular culture models, organoids, bioprinting, organ-on-a-chip) is a plus.
  • High-level experience in adaptive immunology (B cells, T cells, antibodies)
  • Have previously developed in vitro models of T/B cell activation