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Research Assistant I, RED Laboratory Operations Group

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
Nov 27, 2023

Job Details

BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind. 

BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


We are currently seeking a qualified and motivated individual to join our team in Lab Operations as a Research Assistant. The selected individual will perform routine duties associated with the day to day needs of each lab. The candidate will also work closely with the research groups and scientists, and with other functional groups at BioMarin as needed.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Equipment maintenance management
    • Schedule and preform decontamination/calibration of all Incubators as well as maintain water levels of units.
    • Schedule and preform freezer thaws for all -20 and -80 freezers.
    • Decontaminate and maintain water levels of all water baths and response to maintenance needs.
    • Coordinate and schedule maintenance and repairs as needed for CTE units with vendor as well as with end user. 
    • Manage Auto Stainer solutions. 
    • Assist and escort vendors when preforming installation, PM and repairs of equipment.
  • VWR/Avantor POC
    • Coordinate onsite stockroom with POU program.
    • Manage POU augmentation project and adjust as needed.
    • Attend critical material ongoing meetings, keep R&D informed on any supply chain issues, work with procurement to find alternates, when possible, partner with VWR/Avantor onsite rep to manage and coordinate critical materials stocking into 791
    • Manage, order and stock Non-catalog consumables from ThermoFisher, LifeTech, Sigma Aldrich and additional suppliers.
  • Glassware management
    • Collect used glassware throughout labs and run it through glass wash.
    • Restock glassware in labs as needed.
  • Autoclave
    • Pick up, autoclave, and return requested items to users.
  • Buffer
    • Order and stock buffers in designated labs.
    • Prepare and maintain levels of buffers in designated labs.
  • Facilities Support
    • Assist and track ongoing and new projects within the Facilities, Operations team and cross-team projects with other functional groups.
    • Attend bi-weekly meetings with the facilities team to keep informed of upcoming PM’s and shutdowns. 
    • Submit and manage ongoing service request for building upkeep and needs throughout the building.
    • Assist with lab improvement projects.
    • Submit equipment requests within the CMMS platform for CTE units.  
  • General Lab Support
    • Support lab improvement initiatives.


Position requirements:

  • Education: High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.) required.
  • 2+ years of experience in Operations in a laboratory environment.
  • Great communication skills (written and oral) and strong team player
  • Ability to balance a broad range of organizational needs with appropriate attention to detail and focus on assigned tasks.
  • Ability to handle operations issues in a fast-paced environment with a customer-focused attitude.

Physical Demands:

  • Employees must be able to lift, move, manipulate, and/or hold heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials and equipment.
  • Must be able to perform procedures, which require, talking, hearing, standing, or sitting for long periods of time, entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in narrow spaces, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards.


  • The Laboratory Technician must possess excellent organizational abilities, effective communication and interpersonal skills are essential; must demonstrate the ability to build and maintain rapport and trust with a diverse population of people as well as internal colleagues and peers; must demonstrate excellent judgment and possess the ability and desire to provide flexible customer service; and must possess excellent follow up, organization, and communication skills.



We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




BioMarin is a global biotechnology company dedicated to transforming lives through genetic discovery. In 1997, the company was founded to make a big difference in small patient populations, focusing on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. BioMarin sought to help patients whose voices could not always be heard and treat conditions that were not always in mainstream medical conversations. Throughout its history, BioMarin has worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science. The company’s first approved therapy was inspired by a father who refused to accept there was no therapy for his son’s rare diagnosis. That relentless pursuit to change the course of his son’s future through the power of science is at the core of who BioMarin is today.

Through the company’s expertise in genetics and molecular biology, BioMarin has developed eight first or best-in-class targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions it seeks to treat, helping to better the lives of those struggling with rare genetic disease. The company’s purposeful and scientifically precise team of physicians and scientists has honed each treatment modality to seek transformative therapies.

Now, BioMarin seeks to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled the last 25 plus years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Each drug candidate pursued is guided by a fundamental understanding of the genetics and underlying biology of the condition it will address. The company believes that applying its knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The more innovative solutions developed, the more lives BioMarin can impact.

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