Research Associate - High Throughput Screening

Berkeley, California (US)
Market Rate
Oct 26, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Assay and Screening group supports internal projects at all stages of the pipeline. As part of an integrated and cross-functional drug discovery team, assay biologists are responsible for biochemical and cellular screening assays, and deciphering mechanisms of action, including validation of new targets. The Research Associate will be a critical member of the Assay and Screening Team reporting to a Scientist. This is an exceptional opportunity to gain experience as a contractor in a successful biotech company. This is a contract role for approximately 6 months. 


  • Optimize and conduct in vitro compound screens in various biochemical and cell based assays for multiple projects.
  • Develop and implement database entry, analysis and quality control of new assays, generate timely compound activity data, and provide clear and concise reports to the various project teams
  • Document progress in electronic laboratory notebook, suitable for publication and patent protection of all work
  • General lab management, maintain various lab equipment and a clean and safe lab environment, define requirements and test new instrumentation when needed
  • Present progress at assay and screening group meetings, Discovery team and project team meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

 Position Requirements & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and/or Molecular Biology or related discipline with at least 5 years of lab experience
  • Familiarity with the science and methods employed in small molecule drug discovery
  • Experience with enzymatic and/or protein/protein-interaction assay development and optimization for drug development
  • Cell culture experience is required
  • Experience with a variety of standard laboratory instrumentation and detection techniques, FRET, FP, fluorescence, luminescence, AlphaScreen, etc. in drug discovery
  • Experience with lab automation, robotics and drug discovery databases for data entry and analysis is required (e.g. Abase, Assay Explorer, Spotfire, and D360).
  • High attention to detail and accuracy, with independent thought in addressing complex problems
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Excellent time management skills, with proven multitasking and autonomous task management
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment that requires flexibility to adjusting workloads based upon changing priorities and willingness to be a team player in order to accomplish the common goal of the project, regardless of level or type of work