Research and Development Scientist

Start Date

Mid- to Late-August, 2021


Ann Arbor, MI

Job Description

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a fast-paced, early-stage company environment and will be flexible to accommodate shifting company priorities. The individual will have ownership of specificR&D projects and will be responsible for independently designing, executing, and analyzing experiments to advance goals relative to said projects according to timelines approved by the larger R&D team. Additional responsibilities will include routine lab maintenance, assay development and validation, quality control, and cross-departmental support. The ideal candidate is highly motivated and is willing to adapt to shifting priorities and switch between projects seamlessly. This position will fulfill a variety of roles instrumental to the successful development of Akadeum’s growing microbubble platform capabilities.

Desired Traits:

  • Eagerness to learn and master a variety of laboratory techniques in a collaborative research environment
  • Willingness to grow and learn immunology, cell separation, and molecular biology skills as needed
  • Comfortable with managing competing priorities while analyzing experimental data and presenting results with short turn-around times
  • Self-starter with strong work ethic and a strong sense of scientific standards and ethics
  • Comfortable communicating with external partners and customers

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop long-term project outlines for new product and business development projects as needed with successful scientific project management.
  • Independently design, execute, and analyze experiments for specific research projects.
  • Perform cell isolation and depletion experiments with downstream flow cytometric data collection
  • Analyze experimental data and draw conclusions using basic statistical techniques
  • Present experimental results at weekly R&D meetings
  • Support general R&D tasks such as cell culture, reagent prep, lab maintenance, sample phenotyping, etc. as needed.
  • Maintain detailed documentation of all experimental work performed in the lab in a lab notebook
  • Assist with general lab maintenance responsibilities
  • Contribute to Akadeum’s technology through innovation and active participation in becoming the top separation technology on the market
  • Up to 10% travel


  • BS in a relevant biological or chemical science or equivalent demonstrated experience (examples include immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, bioconjugation) with two years, or MS/PhD with one year industry experience.
  • Minimum three years of wet lab experience
  • Demonstrated excellence of basic laboratory etiquette, tools, and techniques
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint (interest and experience in advanced data communication like Tableau or other platforms is welcome)
  • Ability to consistently adhere to SOPs with a high degree of fidelity
  • Excellent demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to perform multiple-hour experiments with little to no supervision
  • Ability to maintain excellent records (lab book and digital)
  • Proven strong time management skills
  • Comfort working in biological safety cabinets and chemical hoods

How to Apply

Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc. offers a dynamic entrepreneurial working environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

For consideration, please submit a resume along with cover letter and salary requirements to and include the job title in the subject line. No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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