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Research Scientist

  • Location: San Diego
  • Salary: Negotiable per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 4 days ago

  • Sector: Life Sciences
  • Contact: Taylor Cochran
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Start Date: 08/08/2022
  • Expiry Date: 02 September 2022
  • Job Ref: JN -072022-472162

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist to support drug discovery efforts within a leading Biotechnology client of ours. This opportunity is located in San Diego, CA, and is offered on an initial 6 month contract basis. The ideal individual will have hands on experience executing and analyzing data from high-throughput assays.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Execute a variety of target and phenotypic cell-based assays to support early lead discovery programs using automation tools.
  • Execute assays that are primary screens designed to identify leads and to support MedChem to identify clinical candidates.
  • Provide analysis of HTS and/or SAR-MedChem assay data to identify and characterize potential drug candidates
  • Effectively collate and interpret data systematically and make recommendations for next steps
  • Clearly and effectively communicate ideas and results (both verbally and in writing) to a broad range of audiences.
  • Identify areas for streamlining workflows where warranted


  • PhD with 0-3 years postdoctoral experience or MS/BS with 3+/6+ years industry experience
  • Experience with executing and analyzing data from high-throughput assays
  • Experience with liquid handling equipment and general plate handling automation preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of automation and HTS instrumentation
  • Proficient in strong data analysis skills, computer skills and the ability to draw conclusions and communicate results from large data sets
  • The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, detail oriented individual able to multitask and follow directions
  • Critical thinking and the ability to learn and apply troubleshooting techniques for automation is key
  • Demonstrated strong organization, communication and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on customer service
  • Must be flexible and responsive to changing priorities
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating weekend shifts according to business needs
  • Must have a high aptitude for common computer programs (e.g. MS Office), in addition to being comfortable in learning new software and hardware systems
  • Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, highly-matrixed work environment