Research Associate, Research



Waltham, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Visterra is a clinical stage biotechnology company committed to developing innovative antibody-based therapies for the treatment of patients with kidney diseases and other hard-to-treat diseases. Our proprietary technology platform enables the design and engineering of precision antibody-based product candidates that specifically bind to, and modulate, key disease targets. Applying this technology to disease targets that are not adequately addressed by traditional therapeutic approaches, we are developing a robust pipeline of novel therapies for patients with unmet needs.

Visterra is a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka America, Inc., which is a U.S. holding company subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Japan. Visterra has approximately 120 employees, and is located in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Visterra, Inc., is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate with research experience in biochemistry, cellular and/or molecular biology to help discover and develop biologic therapeutics, as well as expand platform technologies that support our antibody-based drug discovery programs. Reporting to a Scientist/Senior Scientist in the Research department, this individual will play a key technical role in the experimentation required to discover and advance candidate molecules for development in first-in-human studies.

The ideal candidate should have a B.S. degree in biology, molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, biological engineering or related field and a minimum of one year “at the bench” research experience (which may be obtained during undergraduate training). The successful candidate will be a collaborative team player, a critical thinker, a clear communicator, and one that thrives in a fast-paced research environment.

This is a full-time laboratory-based position located at Visterra’s facility in Waltham, MA


  • Provide assistance in the execution of experiments and analytical procedures including: molecular biology, DNA cloning, cell culture, protein production, ELISA, Biolayer interferometry and HPLC.
  • Perform experiments involving the in vitro screening and characterization of biologics- based drug candidates using immunological, biochemical, and cell-based assays.
  • Support implementation of biological-based assays for the evaluation of drug potency, specificity, and mechanism of action.
  • Participate in the construction and screening of immune-based libraries through immunization, antibody display, and flow cytometry.
  • Support in vivo animal studies to support antibody discovery, PK/PD, and early pre- clinical studies either through direct participation or management of reagent supply and data tracking of CROs.
  • Operate effectively and collaboratively in a team oriented, cross functional research and development organization.
  • Develop an understanding of fundamental principles, theories, and concepts in antibody-based drug discovery.
  • Analyze and summarize key data sets and results for internal review, including written technical reports and oral presentations.
  • Operate, collaborate, and communicate effectively in a team-oriented, cross-functional research and development organization.


  • A bachelor’s degree in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, biological engineering or related field and a minimum of one year “at the bench” (which may be obtained during undergraduate training).
  • Hands-on experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Basic molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid extraction, qPCR, PCR, RT-PCR, ).
    • Biochemical and/or analytical assays (ELISA, SPR, BLI, SDS-PAGE).
    • yeast/phage surface display
    • Cell-based assays and flow
    • Aseptic technique and culture of mammalian, insect, and/or yeast
  • A detail-oriented and organized individual with strong communication skills (written and oral), capable of working on a highly integrated research team.
  • A highly motivated, inquisitive individual who thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment.
  • An individual who is adaptable and able to quickly learn new concepts and experimental
  • Proficient use of commonly used software for data analysis (Excel, GraphPad).
  • Limited travel (< 5%) may be required to attend conferences and industry
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