Research Associate I/II/III

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Mar 22, 2021
Science/R&D, Research
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
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. Our ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual who has a passion for scientific research. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small team, work on transformative science, and take part in building an exciting, science-driven company.

The Research Associate is an Exempt role reporting in the Process Sciences & Manufacturing Team.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Plan and execute small-scale process development experiments and develop viable cGMP manufacturing processes for cell culture and cryopreservation.
  • Contribute toward the development, optimization, characterization, and scale-up of processes to manufacture human neural cell therapeutics from pluripotent stem cells.
  • May be required to participate in technology transfer activities.
  • 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 contribute 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/Skills:
  • Experience with culture of pluripotent stem cells or primary neuronal cells is a plus.
  • Experience in aseptic handling of cell cultures 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.
  • Previous experience with upstream or downstream cell culture process development.
  • Previous experience with Immunocytochemistry and (confocal or fluorescent) microscopic image analysis is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices and current Good Manufacturing Practices is a plus

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in chemistry, biology or biochemistry.
  • 2-5 years of laboratory research experience.
  • 2-5 years of industrial research experience is a plus.

Interested in learning more about our science and our team? Please visit our website at

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