Research Associate, Process Sciences

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Nov 24, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position: Research Associate, Process Sciences

Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Manager: Senior Scientist, Process Sciences

Status: Exempt

Neurona Therapeutics is an early stage biotechnology company based in South San Francisco focused on the development of neuronal cell-based therapies for neurological diseases. We are seeking a Research Associate to assist in developing GMP-compliant, manufacturing-scale, cell-culture processes for the production of therapeutic neuronal cell types. Our ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual who has a passion for science and developing novel therapeutics to address previously intractable human disease. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small team, work on transformative science, and take part in building an exciting, science-driven company.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Plan and execute small-scale process development experiments and develop viable cGMP manufacturing processes for cell culture and cryopreservation processes.
  • Contribute towards the development, optimization and scale-up of primary human interneuron production and characterization.
  • Technology transfer activities between development and manufacturing sites.
  • Writing standard operating procedures.
  • Assist with maintaining laboratories (equipment maintenance, calibration, cleaning and related documentation).
  • Present data at departmental meetings.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently or as a team.
  • Maintain notebooks and electronic files associated with each experiment and contributes to the preparation of final experimental reports.
  • Manage product and material inventories as needed throughout studies.
  • Some travel to CMO sites may be required.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in bioengineering, chemical engineering, biology, biochemistry or other life sciences discipline.
  • Experience in aseptic handling of cell culture with preference for stem cell culture maintenance and differentiation.
  • Availability to work a limited number of hours on occasional weekends.
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to take initiative to improve work processes, develop innovative scientific methodologies and approaches to enhance process productivity.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in bioengineering, chemical engineering, biology, biochemistry or other life sciences discipline.
  • 2-5 years of industrial research or process development experience.
  • Experience with culture of pluripotent stem cells.
  • Experience scaling up mammalian cell culture processes in biologics or cell therapy setting.
  • Hands on experience with bioreactor setup, operation, inline process monitoring, troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge of molecular and cellular biology techniques such as PCR, immunocytochemistry.
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices and current Good Manufacturing Practices is a plus.

For immediate consideration, please apply online via our website:

Neurona is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment.