TIP Job Opportunities

Please see below for details on current TIP company openings.  If you have any questions please contact: Brandon Nickle, brandon.nickle@uconn.edu

Azitra Associate Research Scientist/Molecular and Cell Biologist

As an Associate Research Scientist you will;

  • Conduct experiments using reconstituted human epithelium (RHE) and animal ex vivo skin models
  • Characterization of the in vitro and in vivo properties of engineered bacterial strains in human skin models.
  • Perform tissue culture of human cell lines and characterize their interactions with bacterial strains of interest using biochemical and immunological assays
  • Propose and prioritize next steps for strain improvement, and systematically trouble-shoot technical hurdles.
  • Constructively contribute new ideas, suggestions, insights at project meetings, as well as ad hoc.
  • Support internal and external collaborations.
  • Record and present data in well-organized written and oral formats.
  • Contribute to study reports and draft manuscripts.
  • Work effectively in a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Attend and present at internal and external meetings/conferences as required.

Your background will likely include:

  • A background in molecular biology, cell biology and experience in skin physiology and immunology
  • Familiarity with handling BSL-2 bacteria, mammalian cell culture, and sterile technique.
  • Experience in the development and performance of biochemical and mammalian/bacterial cell-based assays.
  • The ability to design/troubleshoot/ validate assays, and critically analyze assay data.
  • Excellent technical and computer skills; experience with Western blots, ELISAs, PCR, qPCR, flow cytometry.
  • Ability to work with database-related software to manage and capture study data.

Educational Background:

  • MS + 5 years experience in pharmaceutical research; degree focus in immunology, molecular biology, or cell biology.
  • Prior experience in skin immunology and/or skin physiology are highly desired. Experience working with skin commensal bacteria a plus.


Sara Mootien-Boyd,  Ph.D
Director, Research
Azitra, inc.