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Development Associate

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts, 02143, United States

About Finch  

Finch is a clinical-stage company developing novel microbiome drugs to serve patients with serious unmet medical needs. Our machine learning-based platform mines molecular data collected from human interventional studies to identify the microbial communities driving positive patient outcomes in different disease areas. By developing drugs from microbial communities that have already demonstrated therapeutic effects in humans, we are pioneering a new approach to drug discovery and rapidly transforming the promise of the microbiome into a reality for patients.   

Our lead therapeutic candidate, CP101, is initially targeting the prevention of recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI). CP101 recently met its primary endpoint in a large placebo-controlled trial in recurrent CDI, providing the first positive pivotal data for an oral microbiome drug. We also have programs targeting the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, children with autism and serious GI symptoms, as well as two programs partnered with Takeda Pharmaceuticals targeting inflammatory bowel disease. 


Position Summary 

TheDevelopment Associate will support the Technical Development team in development of novel biopharmaceutical formulations and delivery systems. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a professional research and development environment, comfort reading and authoring technical documents, excellent problem-solving skills, and be able to work with a high attention to detail in a fast-paced environment. 


Responsibilities / Duties 

  • Perform hands-on experiments in the development laboratory to develop and test new formulations and drug delivery modalities. 
  • Plan, execute, and document studies related to design of novel formulations under the guidance of senior team members. 
  • Assist with troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and identification of corrective actions to support Pharmaceutical Development or GMP Manufacturing equipment and process issues. 
  • Support technology transfers to manufacturing groups, scale-up, and optimization of new and existing products. 
  • Collaborates with Manufacturing, Quality, and external parties to successfully resolve deviations, investigations, change controls, etc. 
  • Prepare written reports and presentations to teams and management. 



  • Bachelor of Science degree, preferably in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry or other related technical discipline 
  • 1-3 years of experience in a pharmaceutical research setting required 
  • Experience in a research laboratory with standard lab equipment required 
  • Microbiology experience preferred 
  • Tech transfer and CDMO experience is a plus 
  • Familiar with FDA regulations and cGMP standards. 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, organized and methodical, and ability to effectively perform tasks as directed by supervisor or according to an SOP 
  • Ability to work in a team environment, meet deadlines, and support manufacturing teams 
  • Strong verbal and technical writing skills 


More About Finch 

Here at Finch, we strive to create the best work environment and experience for you through our formal benefits programs and fringe perks. Together, we hope that we will create a fun & supportive environment in and out of the workplace as we strive to create a new class of therapeutics together to help patients. 

  • Our formal benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield in addition to life insurance and long-term & short-term disability policies. We offer discretionary and flexible paid time off policies. Should you choose to start or grow your family while working at Finch, we aspire to lead our peers by offering several months of paid parental leave. We also offer a generous non-discretionary 401K contribution to help teammates save for life beyond Finch in the future and other savings and investment opportunities. 
  • We also try to keep the workplace an inspiring and motivating place to work with our fringe perksOur facilities in Somerville, MA include an in-office gym with a shower and towel service, fully stocked kitchen with free snacks, iced coffee & flavored/sparkling waters on tap, and highly subsidized meals through LeanBox. We sponsor ride-sharing to and from the office from preset locations around Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. We are always evaluating our fringe perks and hope to grow them alongside our team.  

*Though only facility-dependent employees are currently working onsite in Somerville, Ma, we all plan to return to the office when it is safe to do so.  


Equal Opportunity Employer 

We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.  All aspects of employment including the decision to hire or promote, will be based on aptitude, performance, and business need. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Finch will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.