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Research Technician, Cell & Protein Biology



Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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, 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 in search of a highly motivated Research Technician to join our team. The successful candidate will play a key role in a protein engineering campaign aimed at creating new therapeutic optogenetic tools. The Research Technician will support research scientists in a range of activities including culturing bacterial and mammalian cells, DNA assembly & mutagenesis, protein purification, high-throughput electrophysiology assays, microscopy, and spectroscopy.

Role responsibilities:

  • Perform assays of protein function
  • Perform molecular biology assays
  • Perform cell culture tasks
  • Use lab automation equipment effectively
  • Keep workspace clean and organized
  • Manage reagents and inventory
  • Follow standard operating procedures and clearly communicate with the team
  • Maintain accurate and organized records of experimental procedures and results

Key qualifications:

  • >1 year experience in life-sciences research
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture technique
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques such as plasmid isolation, assembly, and mutagenesis
  • Organized and conscientious
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to excellence

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with scientific computing
  • Experience with protein purification & bacterial culture

Pay Range:

Science is required under California 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 the indicated compensation band. The base compensation range for this full-time position is $30 - $40 per hour + equity + benefits. Within the range, individual pay is determined by several 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 for employees onsite
  • 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.