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Research Associate-Scientific

Job Description

  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #72640

Our client, a leading pharmaceutical company, is hiring a Research Associate-Scientific on a contract basis.

Work Location

San Diego, CA


The Lead Discovery and Optimization Group within Small Molecule Drug Discovery in San Diego focuses on delivering novel therapeutics for disease intervention by engaging E3 ubiquitin ligases for targeted protein degradation. We are seeking a highly driven Research Associate/Senior Research Associate to assist in the identification and characterization of drug candidates for the treatment of human diseases. The successful candidate will work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment to carry out cell-based assays in support of small molecule discovery for pre-clinical development.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:


• Conduct routine medium and high-throughput biochemical and cellular assays to characterize compounds

• Establish stable cell lines via lentiviral transduction and maintain mammalian cell lines

• Conduct routine molecular and cellular experiments including DNA/RNA/protein extraction, qPCR, ELISA, Western blot, and immunoprecipitation

• Assist senior researchers in executing, conducting analyses, and reporting results of experiments

• Familiarity with literature and internal best practices to identify opportunities to improve productivity and quality of work

• Analyze, troubleshoot, and recommend corrective actions for routine problems

• Maintain an accurate, comprehensive, and current laboratory notebook

• Write protocols, procedures and technical reports

• Communicate results via written reports and oral presentations



• BS with 2+ years or MS in cell biology or related scientific discipline

• Expertise in mammalian cell culture, plate-based cellular assays, immunoblotting, lentiviral infection, cellular transfection, and basic molecular biology techniques

• Experience with medium and high throughput screening is highly preferred

• Experience with targeted protein degradation assay is a plus

• Familiarity with automation instruments and multi-mode plate readers

• Outstanding problem-solving and organization skills.

• Effective team player and strong individual contributor

• Self-driven, flexible, pragmatic and able to handle multiple tasks while delivering high quality data

• Effective communication skills, both verbal and written



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