Research Associate II, Assay Development & Screening Core (ADSC) at Achaogen
South San Francisco, CA, US
Position Summary:

Achaogen is currently developing a unique antibody discovery platform to enable identification of rare and potent therapeutic antibodies to treat MDR Gram-negative pathogens. The Assay Development and Screening Core (ADSC) is a dynamic group that works closely with other research departments across the company to lead and support the development and execution of novel, high-throughput strategies to identify and assess drug candidates.

This position will provide an exciting opportunity for a research associate looking to make an impact in drug discovery through innovative scientific research and leadership. We seek a highly motivated and driven researcher to join our group and support the optimization and execution of the antibody discovery platform. The researcher will also get the opportunity to exhibit leadership, by serving as the ADSC representative on new projects.

If you are passionate about science, like working in a team, looking to grow in your career and committed to performing rigorous experiments to obtain data to inform drug discovery, then this is the place for you!

Key Attributes:

Attention to detail and rigorous observation of variances in methods and controls.
Flexibility in working across multiple scientific disciplines.
Intense drive to make progress on impactful research programs, gain expertise in new fields and learn new skills.
Excellent communicator within and outside of technical area of expertise.
Strong organizational skills and team player.

Essential Functions:

Support the development and optimization of the platform, enabling protein binding, cell binding and functional assays.
Lead the establishment of novel assays and screening strategies to support the evaluation and validation of novel drugs and drug targets.
Develop creative approaches to streamline and optimize workflow of existing methods to advance research programs.
Serve as the ADSC department representative on project teams.
Curate, analyze and present data sets using Excel, Macros, Graphpad Prism, Flow-based programs including FlowJo.

Essential Experience:

Experience working in aseptic environment (e.g. microbiology or cell culture).
Experience with basic assay and screening techniques (ELISAs, flow cytometry, microscopy, western blotting and qPCR).

Preferred Experience:

Demonstrated success in a dynamic fast-paced research environment where adaptability to new projects and approaches is essential.
4+ of research experience in an industry or academic setting.


BS or MS degree in a relevant scientific field (e.g. biology and related disciplines).

Preferred Additional Skills:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent organization skills.
Ability to positively impact company culture.
Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
Current US work authorization required.