Research Associate

San Diego, CA
Aug 22, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

At Lundbeck, we believe life is too precious to be interrupted by brain disorders. Lundbeck is uncompromisingly committed to the research, development and delivery of targeted therapies for people living with significant psychiatric and neurological disorders. We pursue imaginative solutions, driven by passionate people committed to do the right thing for our patients, our company and our communities. Lundbeck strives to be a leader in depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. 


For Lundbeck, making a meaningful difference for patients is more than an aspiration; it is a commitment that shapes everything we do. Patient advocacy is at the core of who we are and motivates every individual at Lundbeck. Our engagement with the communities we serve grants us better understanding of the needs of patients and their families; and that drives us to develop innovative therapies and impactful programs for patients and caregivers.



Lundbeck La Jolla Research Center, Inc. (LLJRC) is a discovery research arm of H. Lundbeck A/S.  Our mission is to develop innovative medicines that address significant unmet need in the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. LLJRC is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate, In Vitro Screening and Biochemistry to contribute to the identification and development of novel small-molecule drugs and support Lundbeck’s CNS discovery programs. The successful candidate will work in multidisciplinary teams to discover new therapeutics, collaborating with biologists and medicinal chemists to select molecules for further in vitro characterization and to identify trends in structure-activity relationships.


Your job and key responsibilities

You will be an integral member of a team providing screening support for the validation of novel CNS targets and the development of first-in-class drugs. You will perform in vitro pharmacological characterization of new small molecule drug candidates using enzymatic gel-based and substrate-based screening assays. Additionally, you will utilize mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to evaluate the effects of compounds on endogenous small molecule metabolites in target tissues or cells. You will also be responsible for analyzing, interpreting and presenting data to project teams.


We offer

The opportunity to join a dynamic and energetic team of qualified colleagues working in an open atmosphere in a leading CNS-specialized drug discovery organization.  


Required Qualifications

  • BS or MS degree in Biology or related science discipline
  • 1-3 years of lab/bench experience in a scientific academic and/or scientific industry setting
  • Laboratory experience/skills in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology  
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Both effective team player and strong individual contributor, flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks and deliver high quality results under tight timelines.

Preferred Experience/Skills

  • Experience with SDS-PAGE, fluorescence and absorbance assays, or cell culture 
  • Experience with mass spectrometry 
  • Experience with data analysis software including Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism



Lundbeck is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employement opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation. Lundbeck participates in E-Verify.