Senior Research Associate / Scientist – Biology at Inception Sciences
San Diego, CA, US

Inception Therapeutics is seeking a talented biologist with enthusiasm for driving in vitro studies that promote drug discovery across novel platforms and diverse therapeutic areas.


Inception Therapeutics is a is a drug discovery engine co-founded with Versant Ventures in 2011, dedicated to creating new start-up companies for translating breakthrough scientific insights into novel therapies. The candidate for this role should desire participation in launching and growing a dynamic early-stage startup company.




  • Develop key in vitro cell-based and biochemical assays to enable a new technology platform and support first in class drug discovery programs
  • Evaluate antibody binding and internalization using cellular assays, including flow cytometry and immunofluorescence microscopy
  • Actively engage in experimental planning and interpretation, as well as independent execution of experiments
  • Effectively participate as part of a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment
  • Grow in expertise and tackle new challenges as opportunities present




  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree with biology background and over 5 years’ experience in academia, biotech or pharmaceutical environment
  • Demonstrated success in assay development and troubleshooting
  • Must be proficient with computers and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Graph Pad Prism, and other scientific software
  • Strong commitment to business ethics
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including effective communication of research updates in formal and informal settings
  • Attention to detail in documenting, executing and analyzing experiments

Inception Sciences is a multi-disciplinary discovery engine partnered with Versant Ventures to build and launch transformative new biopharmaceutical companies. We are home to a dynamic team that enjoys working on cutting-edge science to meet unmet medical need across a variety of therapeutic areas. Our integrated chemistry, biology and DMPK expertise and capabilities coupled with a successful track record have enabled Inception to become an established leader in new company creation. We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits packages, as well as working in a supportive team environment. This position is located in our San Diego office.