Research Associate, Drug Discovery – San Diego

Our client, a leading pharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing therapeutic treatments is currently seeking is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Research Associate to contribute to drug discovery in the areas of high-throughput cell culture production. The ideal candidate will work within a small team to plan, organize and execute cell culture responsibilities to support the High Throughput Assays (HTA) group, with the potential for automated assay execution at scale. The position requires a high degree of reliability, independence, attention to detail, data analysis and interpretation skills, as well as strong communication skills. A demonstrated strong understanding of best practices to ensure reliability, efficiency, and quality control of large-scale assays is desired.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work independently to accurately plan and schedule daily cell culture deliverables.
  • Execute standard cell culture procedures, including maintaining and plating of recombinant HEK cell lines at scale on a weekly basis, utilizing plate-based automation.
  • Effectively collate and interpret data systematically and make recommendations for next steps.
  • Performs advanced troubleshooting and makes recommendations for process improvements where needed.
  • Apply technical proficiency in the development and implementation of new cell culture processes to streamline current practices.
  • Support assay execution on large-scale automated platforms
  • Clearly and effectively communicate ideas and results (both verbally and in writing) to a broad range of audiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Biology, Cell Biology or a related science
  • 2+ years of experience with standard sterile cell culture techniques required for the routine handling and maintenance of recombinant cell lines at scale.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Experience with liquid handling equipment and general plate handling automation.
  • Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, highly-matrixed work environment.

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