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Job Description:

Temporary Contract, 6 Months

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is searching for a highly motivated and creative bench scientist with strong experience in electrophysiology to join our Research team located in Boston, MA. The successful applicant will join and contribute to a highly collaborative team that designs, implements, and interprets in vitro electrophysiological assays. The ideal candidate will be responsible for performing in vitro patch clamp recordings to examine ion-channel function. Successful applicants should have outstanding experimental skills, and be sufficiently advanced to work independently on the design and execution of experiments. The applicant will be part of a fast-paced drug discovery team. Good communication and people skills are required in order to work effectively with colleagues from cross-functional disciplines.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design, perform, analyze and critically interpret in vitro patch clamp recordings including whole-cell, cell-attached, inside out and outside out.
  • Capture and analyze cell morphology.
  • Identify and implement innovative approaches to gain added functional insight into compound-target engagement
  • Present data to research teams and site leadership in a clear and compelling manner


  • The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Cellular Physiology, Biophysics or related scientific discipline and minimum of 4-6 years of experience in electrophysiology and assay development
  • Strong technical background in in vitro patch clamp recordings is required
  • Strong knowledge with ion channel structure function
  • Experience with single channel recordings.
  • Experience with cell culture and/or ex vivo tissue slices.
  • Experience with high-throughput robotic platforms is a plus.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and multi-tasking skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently are required.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a highly-collaborative team environment
  • A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society

Associated topics: food scientist, metabolism, nephrology, nutrition, pharmaceutical, pharmacology, pharmacometrics, physiologist, therapeutic, vaccine

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