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Research Associate 1

Location Novato, California
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. 


The Process Sciences department at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. is seeking to hire a highly motivated individual at the research associate 1 level.  The candidate would provide analytical support and work closely with an interdisciplinary group of committed scientists to bring exciting new therapies to the clinic.  Applicants should have experience in cell culture and bioassays, immunoassays and molecular assay techniques.  An ideal candidate for this position should have a demonstrated ability to think critically, be highly self-motivated, and be able to both work independently as well as collaborate with a team on a regular basis.  The successful candidate for this position will have an opportunity to join a dynamic and rapidly growing company with a steadfast commitment to developing novel therapies to address patient needs around the globe.


  • The primary role of this position will be performing routine assays and providing test results on an established deadline.Techniques may include (but are not limited to) cell-based assays, ELISA, enzyme activity assays, flow cytometry and qPCR.

  • Required to perform assay optimization, qualification, and trouble-shooting.

  • Performing mammalian cell line maintenance and cell based assays.

  • Following laboratory procedures with attention to detail, and executing experiments at the bench independently.

  • Regularly communicating results/conclusions to multidisciplinary groups.

  • The candidate must share responsibility for lab management duties including, but not limited to, ordering, inventory management, equipment maintenance, and general lab maintenance.

  • Ability to lift over 30 lbs.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Excellent aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture experience required.

  • Good critical thinking skills and attention to details are required.

  • Immunoassays (ELISA, western blot, etc.)

  • Molecular assays (PCR, qPCR, agarose gel electrophoresis).

  • Working knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology, and chemistry.

  • Experience with assay development, optimization and trouble-shooting

  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.


  • Experience with assay qualification.

  • Experience with laboratory management.


Preferred: Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years relevant experience or Master’s degree with 0+ years relevant experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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