Senior Research Associate

South San Francisco, California
Nov 09, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Star Therapeutics is an early-stage private biotechnology company focused on transforming the lives of patients with serious and life-threatening rare diseases. We seek an experienced Senior Research Associate to help build the research team and create a pipeline of innovative therapies spanning multiple therapeutic areas.


The Senior Research Associate will be a key member of the early R&D team. The candidate will report to the Head of Biology and work closely with all of the members of the R&D team. The candidate must have extensive experience in discovery, development, and translational research in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of human biology required to advance internal programs, while engaging with external partners in parallel. A demonstrated track record of success is required.


  • Advance programs forward from inception into IND-enabling studies
  • Demonstrate leadership in your research program, as well as across other R&D programs at the company
  • Think strategically and creatively about the science
  • Design, develop, and troubleshoot assays
  • Perform properly controlled experiments that generate high quality data
  • Ensure performance standards are maintained and that experiments are performed to a consistently high standard
  • Responsible for data review, analysis, and interpretation from a variety of sources to enable program go/no-go decisions
  • Demonstrate strong people skills, leading by example and working with research teams to manage multiple projects


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience at a biotechnology/pharmaceutical company, in a biology or drug discovery group
  • Prior experience working at one or more smaller, fast-paced biotech companies
  • B.S. or Masters in cell biology, immunology, biochemistry or related discipline
  • Technical proficiency in cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry, and/or protein biochemistry and purification   
  • Demonstrable track record of experimental approach, design and execution to address a question
  • Deep scientific knowledge and technical skills
  • Ability to manage complexity and ambiguity in a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience working with external vendors and collaborators, with strong interpersonal capabilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication (technical writing, PowerPoint)
  • Experience in project leadership and laboratory management