Associate III / Scientist, Biological Research

Irvine, California
Apr 10, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Within the Nonclinical and Translational Sciences function, the successful candidate will lead and/or contribute to discovery and validation of targets in Glaucoma neuroprotection. Amongst a highly collaborative team of scientists, the Associate III / Scientist will evaluate MOAs in several in vivo optic neuropathy models, conduct target identification/validation, and support drug discovery activities. Our ideal candidate is a highly motivated, hands-on experimentalist capable of leading scientific projects in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders/experts. Emphasis is on successfully performing hands-on work, demonstrating scientific leadership skills, and interacting in a team environment. 

Prior experience in ophthalmology, neuroscience, in vitro & in vivo neurodegenerative disease models, or drug development is an asset.  The candidate should also have a strong track record of cross-functional collaborations and excellent written and oral communication skills. 


  • Design and implement experimentation to validate hypotheses and assess relevant target/disease biology using both in vitro and in vivo disease models 
  • Establish various optic neuropathy models (i.e., optic nerve crush, Optic neuritis)
  • Run ophthalmology assays including but not limited to intraocular pressure measurement, outflow capacity measurements, anterior chamber examination, retinal photography, electroretinography, and optical coherence tomography
  • Image acquisition, processing, and analysis
  • Prepare research reports, scientific papers, and IND/NDAs

  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, such as pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, or neuroscience
  • Or a master's degree in a relevant discipline, such as pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience with 5+ years of research experience in industry or academia.
  • Experience in the field of Glaucoma & vision research is desired
  • Experience in neurodegenerative disease models is desired
  • Strong scientific skills with the ability to collaborate with project team members
  • Must be able to multitask effectively and be adaptable and flexible to meet changing priorities

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