Research Associate/Sr. Research Associates, Pharmaceutical Development

South San Francisco, CA
Dec 04, 2018
Science/R&D, Chemistry
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Summary

Kezar Life Sciences, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical, is seeking a motivated Research or Senior Research Associate to join our Pharmaceutical Development team. The purpose of this position is to develop preclinical and clinical formulations, and the analytical methods to characterize them, in support of our small molecule immunology and oncology programs.  The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary team requiring a high degree of creativity and initiative. This is an exciting time to help drive the development of novel therapies for unmet needs in multiple indications. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop small molecule HPLC and other analytical methods
  • Assist in small molecule preclinical and clinical formulation development
  • Assist in analytical method transfers, drug product manufacturing technology transfers, and other CMO/CRO oversight activities
  • Prepare and characterize formulations for preclinical studies 
  • Manage drug product stability studies


  • Knowledge and understanding of small molecule analytical methods development and qualification/validation, experience in GMP environment a plus
  • Expertise in HPLC and related laboratory skills (LC-MS/MS knowledge and experience a plus)
  • Very strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Technical writing experience such as protocols, reports, and SOPs
  • Ability to communicate complex scientific findings and recommendations in one-on-one discussions and departmental meetings
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment with multiple projects, priorities, and personalities

Education and Experience

  • Minimum BA/BS (MS preferred) in Chemistry or related field 
  • 3+ years pharmaceutical industry experience