Job Opportunity

Scientist, Assay Development

Location: Cambridge, MA

The Company:

Founded in 2016 by Flagship Labs, the innovation foundry of Flagship Pioneering, Kintai Therapeutics is uniquely focused on unlocking the power of the enteric signaling network and its signals throughout the body to fight disease and restore the health of patients. The company’s Precision Enteric Medicine™ (PEM™) discovery and therapeutic platform is based on a deep understanding of the interconnected biology of the microbiome, gut immune system and enteric nervous system. Kintai has pioneered a new frontier in gut science, resulting in a unique understanding of a wealth of new genes, metabolites, and signaling molecules, leveraging these insights to rapidly translate into a highly actionable pipeline. The company’s expertise in chemistry, human biology, experimental medicine, and artificial intelligence represents a biology discovery and therapeutic development engine to rapidly identify and deliver new medicines. Kintai’s multidisciplinary approach has delivered a pipeline of 10+ programs across multiple therapeutic areas, including oncology, neurology, and immunology. Based in Cambridge, MA, Kintai believes that its core strengths lie in the hearts and minds of its talented employees who keep patients at the center of everything we do. To learn more, please visit the company’s website at

The Culture:

At Kintai, we thrive in the unknown and believe in the power of effective teamwork. We are united in our mission to improve health and fight disease for patients in need. Our unique multidisciplinary approach is a key differentiator. Our team is diverse and our differences make us stronger. Kintai not only encourages, but requires, scientific debate and believes that through our blended experiences we enable the best scientific advances. We care about each other and seek to maintain a transparent and growth minded culture. We also embrace having fun along the way. Our core values exemplify the culture we continue to cultivate each and everyday.

Core Values:

  • Pioneering: We create bold innovations that bridge to the future of science and medicine
  • Science Driven: We apply exceptional science to bring breakthrough medicines to patients
  • Authentic: We embrace the importance of honesty, accountability, transparency and openness
  • Collaborative: We succeed when we share knowledge, expertise and experiences to develop revolutionary medicines

The Position

As a key member of the Kintai Research and Development team, the Scientist, Computational Biology will enable Kintai’s pioneering work in microbiome pharmacology. In close collaboration with Kintai team members in chemistry, biology, and metabolomics, the candidate will develop and apply computational methods that support Kintai’s efforts to leverage a unique collection of human and microbiome ‘omics data to develop new therapeutics.


  • Design and execute microbial and enzymatic assays to support Kintai’s Precision Enteric Medicines™ platform
  • Serve as a resource for microbial assay development across multiple disease programs
  • Identify novel microbial platforms and therapeutic targets for the PEM™ platform
  • Maintain a detailed and organized electronic lab notebook


Experience and Qualifications


  • Proficiency with a wide variety of assays and analytical readouts, including LCMS
  • History of solving difficult problems, troubleshooting experiments, and proposing solutions related to assay design
  • Deep knowledge of microbial biochemistry


  • Proficiency with anaerobic techniques
  • Experience working with external vendors and CROs
  • Experience working effectively in a cross-functional environment
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring junior colleagues
  • Results oriented: A willingness to use the right technique for the experiment, even if it’s an unfamiliar one.
  • Communication: outstanding written and verbal communication skills, ability to work effectively among colleagues with diverse backgrounds and experience
  • Authenticity: ability to voice your opinion and provide insight to the broader team, even when holding a minority or “out of the box” opinion. Ability to thrive with input from a cross-functional team while remaining the unquestioned expert in your area.



  • PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, or a related discipline

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send an email including your resume to

Kintai Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Kintai does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.