Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Discovery Biology

San Diego, CA

  • We are seeking a creative, highly motivated, responsible and dynamic Research Associate/Senior Research Associate to join our R&D division to contribute to high-impact and fast-paced research and drug discovery.
  • This position is a full-time position in the company’s San Diego headquarters.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Perform tissue culture work including mammalian cell lines and primary cells.
  • Develop appropriate in vitro biochemical, molecular and cell-based assays including cytotoxicity, cell proliferation, high-content imaging, and luminescence-based assays to screen and develop small-molecule therapeutics.
  • Design and execute in vitro cell and molecular biology assays including, but not limited to, RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, FACS, SDS-PAGE, Western Blotting, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence as necessary to support target discovery, validation, mechanism of action, drug development and biomarker selection.
  • Plan and execute scientific experiments to detect and characterize mRNA splicing, as required.
  • Analyze and document experimental data in electronic notebooks in a timely and accurate manner in accordance with the company rules.
  • Present scientific data to colleagues and assist in the preparation of internal and external presentations (presentations, posters, publications).
  • Perform additional general duties to support the safe and efficient operation of the laboratory as required.
  • Efficiently managing scheduling of studies, and managing own time to complete assigned work by due date.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Biological Sciences or related field with 2+ years of laboratory experience. Prior industry experience is a plus.
  • Broad knowledge of Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Histology Imaging and in vitro assay development.
  • Strong expertise in mammalian cell culture (adherent & suspension cultures) and cell-based assays (e.g. proliferation, viability, luminescence assays).
  • Proficiency with molecular biology techniques, such as qRT-PCR, RNA-seq, Western blotting, ELISA, HTRF.
  • Broad knowledge and experience with alternative splicing a plus.
  • Proven ability to collaborate in a team environment and work independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have strong work ethic, able to multi-task, detail-oriented and enthusiastic for laboratory work.
  • Must be a team-player, punctual and reliable, dependable and flexible in adapting to change in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced work environment
  • Level will be commensurate with experience

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