Research Assistant I – Compound
Hiring Company: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Location: La Jolla
Description: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) is an independent nonprofit medical research organization that conducts world-class, collaborative, biological research and translates its discoveries for the benefit of patients. SBP focuses its research on cancer, immunity, neurodegeneration, metabolic disorders and rare children’s diseases. The Institute invests in talent, technology and partnerships to accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries that will have the greatest impact on patients. Recognized for its world-class NCI-designated Cancer Center and the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, SBP employs about 1,100 scientists and staff in San Diego (La Jolla), Calif., and Orlando (Lake Nona), Fla. For more information, visit us at SBPdiscovery.org
The Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is seeking a Research Assistant I to be a contributing member of the Compound Management Group (CMG). The Center’s vision is to be the world’s leading academic drug discovery and development organization, an epicenter for innovative approaches to accelerate the discovery of new drugs to help save lives and treat disease. This is an exciting opportunity to directly support scientists focused on biomedical and drug discovery projects with an end goal of ultimately benefiting patients.
The Research Assistant I is responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the compound inventory and will contribute in the following ways:
Assume responsibility for processing new compounds into the archive inventory and for accurate sample weighing and dissolution, performing plate compressions from 96 to 384 to 1536 well plates, as well as other routine tasks such as labeling, performing regular compound plate inventory tasks and reorganization of frozen stocks.
Assist in execution of all High Throughput Screening projects (Biochemical assays, cell-based assays and high content screening) for the Center and the institute.
Assist with the maintenance and operation of automation screen systems and laboratory instruments within the Prebys Center
Provide support of new equipment and technology to research scientists.
Provide guideline to new laboratory personnel on instrument/automation operations and standard operation procedures.
Our ideal candidate will have the demonstrated ability to perform detailed-oriented tasks with precision. We seek a candidate with a meticulous laboratory approach, careful adherence to protocols and excellent documentation skills. The ability to learn and implement new instrumentation, techniques and skills is essential. Our preferred candidate will possess a high level of self-motivation, together with the ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently, and troubleshoot problems as they arise.
Becoming part of our team means communicating and collaborating on regular basis with others; therefore, strong written and oral communication skills are key. Also, highly important is an acute attention to details, as much of our work relies on getting even the smallest of items correct. Candidates who possess strong analytical, time management and organization skills will thrive in this deadline-driven environment.
Requires a bachelor’s degree in a biological science, chemistry, physics or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.
Previous experience in a biotech or pharmaceutical setting is a plus
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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer –
M/F/Veteran/Disability – committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals.