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Research Associate (Assay Development)

Neurona Therapeutics

South San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Post Date: 08/01/2022
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 170 Harbor Way, South San Francisco, CA, 94080

About Neurona Therapeutics

Neurona is a biotherapeutics company developing neural cell therapies with single-dose curative potential for the treatment of chronic neurological disorders. Based on a novel neural cell lineage pioneered by the company’s scientific founders, Neurona has built a robust regenerative platform and is developing neuronal, glial, and gene-edited cell therapy candidates that provide long-term repair of dysfunctional neural networks for multiple neurological disorders.

Job Description

Neurona Therapeutics is an early stage biotechnology company based in South San Francisco focused on the development of neuronal cell-based therapies for intractable neurological diseases. Our ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual who has a passion for method development and qualification that can thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment. The successful candidate will work as a member of the Process Sciences department on the Assay Development and Quality Control Teams to develop / fine-tune analytical methods and qualify testing protocols on our cell therapy drug products. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small team, work on transformative science, and take part in building an exciting, science-driven company.



  • Development and qualification of analytical methods to characterize Neurona’s cell therapy drug products.
  • Preparation and analysis of cell samples for flow cytometry (FC), Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR), gel electrophoresis, immunocytochemistry, fluorescence in-situ hybridization, ELISA and biological potency assays.  
  • Work with outside CROs for outsourcing of testing not performed on-site.
  • Work with Neurona scientists to track expression and provide feedback on critical targets during cell-therapeutic development and production.
  • Thaw, maintain and bank control cell line cultures with aseptic techniques.
  • Maintain rigorous documentary records in laboratory notebooks, QC reports and databases. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • At least two years of industrial assay development experience is required.
  • Availability to work augmented and flexible hours and on occasional weekends.
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with ddPCR, FC and ELISA methods and their development are preferred.
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in developing cell-based and molecular biology assays from scratch. 
  • Experience working within a Quality Management System is an asset.

Education Requirements:

  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or biochemistry with 2+ years of industrial research experience
  • Desired: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or biochemistry with 5+ years of industrial research experience or a Masters with 2+ years of industrial research experience. 
  • Title will change depending on education and industry experience.

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