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Sr. Research Associate - Assay Development (Disease Modleing)

Company: Planet Pharma
Location: South San Francisco
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

The Opportunity

The heart of the company strategy is the development of novel, cutting edge methods in machine learning and high-throughput biology to address key bottlenecks in the drug development pipeline. In alignment with this strategy, the disease modeling group is building up a large repertoire of scaleable cellular models for multiple disease indications. As a Research Associate in the Disease Modeling group, you will help to establish robust, high throughput iPSC differentiation techniques to produce critical cell-types to model various diseases. You will be involved with both the incorporation and scale-up of established protocols, as well as the invention of novel differentiation methods using data-driven functional genomics approaches. We are looking for motivated and talented candidates who are interested in being part of a unique, cross-disciplinary team of biologists, bioengineers, machine learners and data scientists who want to make a difference.

You will be joining as the founding team of a biotech startup that has long-term stability due to significant funding yet is very much information providing many opportunities for significant impact. You will work closely with a very talented team, learn a broad range of skills, and help shape company culture, strategic direction, and outcomes. Join us and help make a difference to patients!

About You

  • B.S./M.S. in biological science with preference for immunology expertise, bioengineering or relevant disciplines, or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience, in academia or in industry but must have some industry exp
  • Strong experience with mammalian cell culture required
  • Strong microscopy skills, including immunohistochemistry, 3D imaging, in situ hybridization, live cell imaging, and/or high content imaging
  • Familiarity with high throughput screening and assay development
  • Experience with pluripotent stem cell culture and differentiation is highly desirable
  • Excellent lab practice and organization required


Nice to Have

  • Both 2D and 3D cell culture and assay experience
  • Experience in characterizing mammalian cell cultures via FACS, single cell transcriptomics, or high-content imaging
  • Experience conducting transcriptomics assays to determine cell-type and function (scRNA-seq a plus)
  • Experience with automated liquid handler systems for cell culture (i.e., Bravo, Tecan, Hamilton)


  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Open vacation policy
  • Team lunches (catered daily)
  • Commuter benefits
  • Paid parental leave

Keywords: Planet Pharma, South San Francisco , Sr. Research Associate - Assay Development (Disease Modleing), Other , South San Francisco, California

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