Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate


Position           Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate (Job Code: 2021-06)

Company          ROME Therapeutics

Location            Cambridge, MA

Reports to         Associate Scientist

 Who We Are

ROME Therapeutics is developing novel therapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases by harnessing the power of the repeatome – vast stretches of uncharted genetic material that have long been dismissed as “junk DNA.” With several drug targets identified and multiple discovery programs underway, ROME is moving rapidly to leverage this new frontier in biology. To lead this exploration, ROME has assembled a team of world-class leaders across fields including oncology, immunology, virology and machine learning. ROME was launched in April 2020 and was incubated at GV, in collaboration with ARCH Venture Partners and Partners Innovation Fund. ROME is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, please visit

Rome Therapeutics is seeking a self-motivated and detail-oriented candidate with experience in molecular and cellular biology to join our team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for supporting target validation and mechanism of action studies across numerous drug discovery programs. The individual must have the ability to multi-task and work independently with attention to detail to work in an exciting, fast-paced early start-up environment.

What You’ll Do

  • Design and conduct various molecular and cellular in vitro experiments to support drug discovery programs.
  • Closely collaborate with cross-functional team members and external collaborators to achieve experimental aims.
  • Independently analyze data and effectively communicate findings to team members and key stakeholders.
  • Keep detailed laboratory notebooks that clearly document experimental protocols and results.
  • Prepare technical reports, summaries, and quantitative analyses as needed.

What You’ll Bring

Experience and Qualifications

  • BS/MS in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics or a related field.
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques, including gene cloning and engineering, qPCR assays, and western blots.
  • Experience with primary cell culture is preferred.
  • Proficiency in isolation and quantification of DNA, RNA, and protein from primary cells and frozen tissue.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and ELN.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • BioPharma industry experience preferred.
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Pro-active and resourceful problem solver
  • Comfortable with the ambiguity of early-stage Life Science companies
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Strong cross functional collaboration skills with a focus on trust, credibility, and mutual respect
  • Asking questions, being open to new ideas and embracing ambiguity will help make you successful in this role.
  • Ability and willingness to be candid and genuine
  • Proven track record of demonstrating functional expertise and following through on commitments.
  • Comfortable working in a hybrid environment as needed.
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory, subject to medical and religious accommodations, and proof of vaccination must be provided to ROME

 Who You’ll Work With

All Roman citizens exemplify our core values.  Romans are encouraged to BE BOLD, DELIVER EXCELLENCE and to CARE DEEPLY in our pursuit of discovering and delivering medicines to patients in need. Relentless curiosity means that we continually strive to improve, learn, and grow by asking questions, seeking knowledge, and stretching beyond our comfort zone. We rely on each other to know our stuff, follow through and to ‘GSD – get stuff done’. We are inspired to operate with respect and kindness, valuing differences and authenticity.


ROME offers competitive compensation and benefits.


Please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV to

ROME Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status.