Senior Research Associate I-II, Cell Biology at Achaogen
South San Francisco, CA, US
Position Summary:

We seek a highly motivated and innovative Senior Research Associate to join the Therapeutic Antibody group at Achaogen to make significant contributions to drug discovery projects targeting disease areas with high unmet medical need. The successful candidate will operate in a highly diverse and dynamic research environment supporting antibody drug discovery programs. This role requires the ability to intellectually contribute to project strategy and independently plan and execute studies to identify and develop optimal therapeutic candidates. Attention to detail, the ability to communicate across multiple scientific disciplines and a persistent drive for results are critical to the role.

Key Attributes:

Intense drive to make progress on impactful research programs.
Exceptional organizational skills.
Excellent communicator within and outside of technical area of expertise.
Committed to the Achaogen values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
Strong desire to gain expertise in new fields and learn new skills.

Essential Functions:

Deliver decision-driving data as member of drug discovery and other research teams at Achaogen.
Work seamlessly with multiple functional groups to efficiently move promising projects through Achaogen’s therapeutic pipeline.
Independently coordinate and execute cell biology and biochemical studies to characterize prospective drug candidates and to validate potential new drug targets.
Generate stable engineered cell lines to elucidate target biology and provide a means for screening for optimal antibody candidates.
Develop creative strategies to streamline and optimize workflow of existing methods to advance research programs.
Assess and implement new technologies which have the potential to enhance and accelerate internal drug discovery efforts.

Essential Experience:

4+ years of experience in an academic or industrial laboratory, with emphasis on cell-based assays or protein/antibody characterization.
Experience utilizing numerous techniques essential for antibody discovery – FACS, ELISA, IF microscopy, WB, transfection/infection, signal transduction assays, etc.


Minimum of a BS or MS degree in a relevant scientific field (e.g. biochemistry or molecular/cellular biology).


Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
Current US work authorization required.