Staff Scientist II

Job Requisition #: JR65923

End Date: 4/30/2023

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Clinical (non-nursing), Laboratory, Professional, Technician (Clinical)

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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The Gene Editing Institute at ChristianaCare is expanding, particularly in its projects focused on developing innovative gene editing therapies for solid tumors. We are searching for a talented and highly motivated researcher with a broad range of cell and molecular biology experience at the level of Staff Scientist II. With headquarters in Delaware, our location provides easy access to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York City - all within a short drive or train ride from Newark, DE.

The successful candidate is expected to carry out assigned projects mostly independently. Primary responsibilities are design and execution of various cell and molecular experiments and generation of technical reports. These experiments will support the development of next generation gene therapies in solid tumors by assessing genome editing outcomes and characterization of cell and animal model systems.


Master's degree in genomics, biochemistry, biological sciences or related field with 1-4 years of work experience or Bachelor's with 3-7 years of work experience

Extensive experience with wide variety of standard and advanced molecular biology techniques

Experience in cell culture and assay development

Experience with managing multiple projects simultaneously


Perform genomic DNA/RNA purification from mammalian cells and tissues and preparation of cDNA

Design, optimize and execute PCR, qPCR and RT-qPCR

Perform Sanger sequencing and sequence analysis

Perform cell culture and maintenance of immortalized and primary mammalian cells

Perform transfection and/or transduction of mammalian cells

Design, optimize and execute plate-based assays including MTT/MTS, bioluminescence

Maintenance of a highly organized, technical and detailed laboratory notebook containing protocols used, results derived from each experiment or measurement


Must have genomic DNA/RNA isolation and cDNA preparation experience

Must have primer design, PCR, qPCR and RT-qPCR experience

Prefer Sanger sequencing/analysis, NGS library preparation and sequencing experience

Experience in mammalian cell culture with flow cytometry

Familiarity with CRISPR and genome editing

DNA analysis software (SnapGene, Benchling) and bioinformatics

Christiana care offers:

  • Diverse and Inclusive culture

  • Robust benefit package including full medical, dental and vision

  • 403(b) with a company match

  • Generous paid time off with annual roll-over and opportunities to cash out

  • 12 week paid parental leave

  • Incredible Work/Life benefits including annual membership to, access to backup care services for dependents through Care@Work, retirement planning services, financial coaching, fitness and wellness reimbursement, and great discounts through several vendors for hotels, rental cars, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets and much more

About ChristianaCare:

ChristianaCare is one of the country's most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, three hospitals (1,300 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women's health. We rank 21st in the nation for hospital admissions and 6th for admission of stroke patients.

ChristianaCare is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 290 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

Working for ChristianaCare offers the best of urban and suburban living with multiple housing options, excellent restaurants and entertainment venues, quality public and private schools and a short driving distance to popular Delaware and New Jersey beaches.

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

Why do WE offer careers full of possibilities?

For the Love of Health.

Inclusion & Diversity

At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

Our Values

We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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Our region offers a diversity of cultures, lifestyles, sports and entertainment events, housing options and educational opportunities. Located between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., our locations provide easy access to two international airports, employment opportunities in a tri-state area, and proximity to some of the nation's top universities and colleges, as well as beaches in MD, DE and NJ!

Why Delaware? Why Maryland?

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