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Surgical Research Associate



Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

Science is developing technologies for a range of serious unmet medical needs. We are unafraid to take difficult technical risks, secure in the knowledge that with a clear understanding of what we are doing and with support from powerful modern tools, more progress is possible than might be immediately obvious. Regardless of role or team, the two most important factors we look for in a candidate are evidence of exceptional ability and the addition of positive energy to the group. As a small, very early stage team in a largely unstructured environment, the ability to independently orient yourself to the problems that need to be solved and then follow through is essential.

We are seeking a strongly motivated Surgical Research Associate to join our team. The successful candidate will play a critical role in our research and development efforts by supporting small animal surgical procedures and experiments. The candidate will be expected to be proficient in abdominal surgery, microvascular suturing, cannulation, injections, among other skills. The candidate should have a strong background in experimental surgical technique and practice and be comfortable in an operating room.

Additional responsibilities will include setting up and conducting experiments. Experience in a research lab is valued. Biomedical engineering experience is valued but not required.

This position is ideal for an ambitious person looking to gain biomedical industry experience before medical school, or for career small animal surgical technicians.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Assist in small animal surgical procedures
  • Perform various injections and dosing with biological compounds
  • Set-up and tear-down of operating rooms before and after procedures
  • Prepare reagents, buffers, and other media
  • Collect biological samples and process as necessary
  • Maintain accurate records of samples and results
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Communicate results to research team
  • Write and adhere to standard operating procedures and protocols

Key qualifications:

  • General proficiency with a range of rodent or small animal surgical procedures
  • Strong feel for aseptic technique
  • Strong suturing skills
  • Proficiency with anastomosis
  • Strong attention to detail

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with organ perfusion

Salary/Pay Range:

For individuals hired to work in California, Science is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. We determine your level based on your interview performance and make an offer based on geo-located salary bands. The base salary range for this full-time position is $80,000 - $105,000 annually + equity + benefits. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please keep in mind that the equity portion of the offer is not included in these numbers.


At Science, our benefits are in place to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Flexible vacation and company-paid holidays
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided
  • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Science
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)

Science Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work.

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Science will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.