Research Associate, Biology

San Diego, CA, United States
Jan 21, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Company Overview

Avidity Biosciences is pioneering a new class of oligonucleotide-based therapies called AOCs designed to overcome the current limitations of oligonucleotide therapies in order to treat a wide range of serious diseases. We utilize our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer, and develop therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies in order to access previously undruggable tissue and cell types and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. We are passionate about the impact of every employee in bringing these potentially transformative therapeutics to patients in need. Make a difference with us.

Job Summary

This position will contribute to advancing drug development programs from target identification/validation through the support of clinical-stage programs. Daily lab work, documentation, and research and development for the department are required. The Research Associate will demonstrate clear and professional verbal and written communication and will need to present scientific results to multidisciplinary teams.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prior hands-on lab experience with the following techniques: RNA isolation, qPCR, ELISA, cell culture, western blot, immunohistochemistry
  • Prior experience with Excel, Prism GraphPad
  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and protocols
  • High attention to detail in research and record-keeping for documentation
  • Daily lab responsibilities; execution of experiments, assay development
  • Prepares reports, presentations, SOPs, etc.
  • Communicates research results in both oral and written formats
  • Provides training to new laboratory staff
  • Works with supervisor to prioritize work
  • Perform other duties as required


To perform this role successfully, an incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The preferred requirements listed below are representative of the skills, knowledge, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

  • B.S. or M.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or other related fields, new college graduate or 1-2 years of experience in a related industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with little to no supervision, work well in teams, and ability to adapt in a fast-changing environment with a diverse team of coworkers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Integrity, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, strong interpersonal skills, and attention to detail are expected
  • Working familiarity with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Prism GraphPad

Physical Requirements/Demands

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one station to another, or from one worksite to another.
  • Adjusting or moving objects up to 10, 25, 50 pounds.
  • Communicating with others to exchange information.
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or legs.
  • Repeating motions of fingers (typing and/or writing).
  • Operating machinery or equipment. [laboratory equipment, manual pipettes, copiers, etc.]
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Ability to use a computer.

Environmental Conditions

  • Low temperatures.
  • High temperatures.
  • Noisy environments.
  • No adverse environmental conditions expected.
  • Exposure to general laboratory environment conditions.
  • Exposure to general office environment conditions.