Research Associate

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Posted: 07/25/2018 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Research - Discovery Job Number: 4532

Our client is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. They are among the world' s leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.


  • We seek an outstanding candidate to join our Automation Group in Small Molecule Analytical Development, in Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Responsibilities include designing and developing a high-throughput screening (HTS) system for excipient chemical compatibility and formulation optimization to support early-phase drug development.
  • Other duties include chemical reactions, salt/crystallinity/polymorph screening, solid state characterization, solubility determinations, and other analytical research studies.
  • The successful candidate will accomplish our mission through innovation, collaboration with our subject matter experts, creative problem-solving, Design of Experiments, and use of state-of-the-art technology including robotic laboratory systems, XRPD, microscopy, UHPLC, mass spectrometry, chiral separations, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) and other analytical instruments.




  • BS/MS in a relevant scientific discipline (chemistry or chemical engineering, pharmaceutics preferred) with 2-6 years' experience in small molecule chemistry within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Candidates must have good knowledge of analytical and organic chemistry.
  • A background in lab automation, chromatography (HPLC and data handling/reporting), knowledge of pharmaceutics, solid state characterization or drug discovery are desirable.
  • Candidates should have good problem solving / communication skills, and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • The position requires good organizational and communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.



  • BS/MS or equivalent experience
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