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Research Associate 1 or 2, Protein Sciences

Location San Rafael, 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 Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Summary Description:
Gain industry experience and learn various skills to become a well rounded scientist capable of advancing drug development.  The employee will assist scientists in planning, performing, and documenting laboratory experiments.

Primary responsibilities will include performing mammalian cell culture, cell-based assays, immunochemistry, microscopy, image analysis, protein purification, enzyme activity assays, protein/molecule interaction techniques, various microbiology techniques, and general lab duties.   

The ideal candidate will have some working experience in assay development or thorough theoretical knowledge of laboratory procedures. They will also be comfortable with basic chemical principles and calculations. The candidate should also be fastidious with respect to cleanliness and organization.

Experience & Education per level:

Research Associate 1:

Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of relevant experience or minimal experience with Masters

Research Associate 2:

Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of experience; Master’s degree with at least 2 years of relevant experience


Work Environment/Physical Demands:
The employee may frequently be required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Wet lab environment.  Some toxic chemical use.  Occasional foul odors.  Candidate must not have any known chemical allergies.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  BioMarin is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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