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Scientific. Clinical. Software Engineering

Research Associate

Marin Metro Area, CA

Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -102019-25782 Region: Marin Metro Area

Job Description


The selected Research associate will support analytical chemistry activities for development of biologics and gene therapy. An ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with analysis using HPLC, GCMS, LCMS, ICPMS, and other analytical techniques. Candidate will make detailed observations, analyze data, and interpret/present results.

The prospective Individual should be familiar with and be able to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for experimental operation and data recording. This is a laboratory-based position and the candidate must be familiar with general laboratory operations. Familiarity with GxP quality guidelines and USP/ICH guidelines is a plus


The Research Associate I/II, functions to manage, coordinate, and perform activities required for the testing of extractables and leachable samples, drug substances, drug products, cell culture, and human/animal specimens, as expected during various stages of drug development.

In this position the candidate will work closely with Scientists in the analytical chemistry group and support development, qualification, validation, and testing activities of HPLC, GCMS, LCMS, and ICPMS based analytical methods and assays.

The selected candidate should possess excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills and be a self-starter willing to work efficiently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment. Activities included, but not limited to be:

Required Skills

Preparation of assay reagents and buffers.

Perform HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, and ICP-MS based assays to quantify analytes from various complex matrices.

Perform quantitative analysis of data and interpretation of experimental results.

Be able to develop and optimize new GC-MS, LC-MS, and ICPMS based protocols.

Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations in meetings.

Follow all relevant GxP (GLP, GCP, GMP), appropriate to drug development phase.

Maintain good and timely documentation of experiments

Contribute to and provide solutions to technical problems and think creatively.

Help drafting and review of technical reports, protocols, analytical test procedures, and SOPs

Follow SOPs, policies, instructions, and regulations, and to perform routine lab equipment maintenance is required.

Desired Skills:

Experience in extractables and leachables analysis and impurity characterization

Experience in analytical method development, method qualification, method validation, and method transfer.

Experience in GxP environment and knowledge of USP/ICH regulatory requirements is plus.

Knowledge of biochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, polymer and organic chemistry is plus.


B.S. in the Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry or related discipline.

1-2+ years of relevant laboratory experience in a pharmaceutical/R&D environment

Excellent knowledge in GC, GC-MS, HPLC, UHPLC, LC-MS, and ICP-MS for analysis of samples.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Strong problem-solving, documentation and organizational skills with a focus on details and results.

Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

Ability to work in a team environment.

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