Sr Research Associate (In Vivo /Inflammation)

San Francisco, CA, United States
Nov 06, 2020
Science/R&D, Research
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Research Associate to join their Research Biology Pharmacology Team.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is highly proficient in vivo drug administration by multiple routes, disease scoring, and tissue sample collection for ex vivo assays. Expertise in vivo inflammatory and autoimmune disease models is required.

  • Conducts pharmacological evaluation of test agents (small molecules and biologics)
  • Extensive experience required in conducting in vivo inflammatory disease models, administering test articles (i.v., s.c., i.p., i.d. and p.o. required), making in vivo disease measurements, and collecting samples for ex vivo assays. Will assist in and may lead study teams in sample processing, homogenization, and generation of single-cell suspensions for ex vivo analysis including flow cytometry, blood and plasma cytokine measurements.
  • Candidate will be responsible for entering and analyzing data from concurrent multiple studies in a timely manner and must be able to communicate experimental results orally and in writing within the department effectively.
  • Maintains familiarity with current disease relevant in vivo models for testing mechanism of action and efficacy of novel drug candidates to support preclinical development and investigational new drug filings.
  • Contributes to preclinical research through validation or development of new models.
  • Experience in preparing basic formulations and dosing solutions is essential.
  • Exercises technical discretion in interpreting study designs, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies.
  • Performs research and/or development of new protocols independently and in collaboration with others in a highly integrated collaborative team environment with strong sense of individual responsibility. Interpersonal skills conductive to strong team integration and willingness to learn new techniques are essential.
  • Maintains a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature.
  • Ensures compliance with good laboratory practices and other regulatory guidelines.
  • Understands and implements study protocols according to AAALAC and other guidelines.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:

A minimum of a Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline is required. Equivalent experience may be accepted. A minimum of 8 years work experience in a research and/or development environment is required. Additional Requirements Include: Ability to work collaboratively within a team, provide and receive technical assistance to/from others in a wide range of laboratory-based activities/techniques, while displaying strong organizational and timely record-keeping skills. Ability to multi-task and perform work with a high degree of attention to detail while supporting programs in a fast-paced environment. Requires occasional weekend hours. Must have excellent observational and analytical skills, strong organizational skills, and significant hands-on laboratory experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to independently write reports is preferred. Experience working in an FDA-regulated environment is highly desired.

Performance of tasks essential to the job function may require the employee to work directly with, handle, or otherwise come into contact with chemicals or pharmaceutical agents. Employees must be able to wear a respiratory protection (filtering facepiece, 1/2 face, full-face, or powered air purifying respirator, supplied air, or self contained breathing apparatus) for certain tasks essential to the job function. Employees must be able to able to accurately detect color and have 20/20 vision (with/without corrective lenses). Employees may be required to enroll in a medical surveillance program based on the potential exposure to certain health hazards encountered as a result of their job function.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.