Accelerating and scaling immune cell engineering

Effective application of innovative technology in biological research requires a collaborative and cross-disciplinary mindset.

We are a diverse group of engineers, scientists, and synthetic biologists dedicated to empowering our Discovery and Development organizations through design and deployment of state-of-the-art computational and biological tools.

Head of Automation and High-Throughput Assays

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic diseases, initially cancer.  Our products are being designed to herald the transition of adoptive cell therapy from a hospital based treatment to outpatient therapy, like most other cancer treatments. 

Our people are our greatest asset, they bring scientific talents in molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, computational biology, automation, genome engineering, software and other fields to make the future happen now.

The role will report to the Chief Technology Officer and build a matrix team to enable close collaborative interactions with all R&D functions. The Automation Engineering and High-Throughput Assays functional groups will report to this role. These subject-matter experts are responsible for providing technical expertise, design and validation of high-throughput assays, and management of integrated automation solutions throughout the asset lifecycle (i.e., project feasibility studies, capital projects, and optimization of assets). In addition, they are accountable for the development and implementation of automation design standards and best practices. As needed, the role will also be responsible for scoping and recruiting new functional groups to maintain continuous operation of automated systems at ArsenalBio.

What You Will Do:

  • Provide leadership and oversight to the Automation Engineering and High-Throughput Assays functions, including creating a vision, strategy and operating model for use of integrated automation solutions in cell therapy development.
  • Develop capabilities and expertise in Automation Engineering and High-Throughput Assay development.  Ensure engineering processes are efficient and effective, and that assays built are robust and responsive to the requirements of R&D teams. 
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to subject-matter experts in Automation Engineering and High-Throughput Assays, and ensure sufficient expertise to support the organization.
  • In partnership with key stakeholders, play a pivotal role in developing and evolving engineering standards and technology advances in automation engineering and high-throughput assay strategies. Leverage innovative technologies and tools to anticipate and prepare the organization for future challenges/opportunities in discovery and product development. 
  • Keep pace with equipment and engineering industry trends and implications for the business. Ensure innovative, sustainable and cost-effective design and implementation strategies. Develop excellent partnerships with external automation engineering and high-throughput assay instrument firms to leverage external engineering expertise and services where needed.
  • What You Will Bring:

  • PhD or other advanced degree in engineering, cell or molecular biology, or a related field
  • 10+ years experience developing and implementing cell-based assays in the context of advanced laboratory automation
  • 5+ years of relevant management experience
  • Proven track-record of technical leadership and achievement
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, hard-working, multi-disciplinary, start-up environment  
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver results
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and a desire to work collaboratively and lead in a matrix environment
  • Familiarity with immunology, immuno oncology, integrative genomics and/or mammalian synthetic biology is highly desirable
  • We are committed to hiring the best talent from diverse backgrounds. A diverse workforce engenders richness of thought, creativity and discovery. We invite individuals who embrace intellectual achievement to bring their unique personal and professional journeys and together we will build transformative cell therapies for cancer patients.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

    To all recruitment agencies: ArsenalBio does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, or Arsenalbio employees. ArsenalBio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


    “Modern data science, automation, and synthetic biology approaches have tremendous potential to accelerate the development of effective cell therapies. ArsenalBio is being built from the ground up to optimize the leveraging of these approaches through early and deep integration of engineers and technologists into our R&D programs. We are seeking ambitious and talented teammates to join us in our mission to improve the lives of cancer patients.”

    Tarjei Mikkelsen, PhD

    Chief Technology Officer


    Best in Class Health & Wellness Plans

    Flexible Office Hours

    Paid Parental Leave

    Healthy Kitchen Snacks

    Daily Catered Lunches

    Free Onsite Fitness Center

    Unlimited Vacation Days

    Generous compensation and equity packages

    Commuter Benefits

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