Research Associate 1

Location:  Novato, California Category: Process Science


Title: RA1 or RA2, Cell Culture Process Development
Employee Type: FTE
Location: United States - Novato, California


The Cell Culture Process Development department at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. is seeking to fill a full-time position for a Research Associate in upstream research and development. The successful candidate will work both independently and as part of a team focusing on optimizing production of recombinant viral vectors for the company’s gene therapy programs.


  • Buffer and media preparation
  • Cell line maintenance, expansion, transfection
  • Production, harvest, and purification of viral material
  • Perform associated analytical assays
  • Diligently document the results
  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced, changing environment; be willing to accept responsibilities outside of the initial job description
  • Handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • Closely interact with other team members; develop internal and external collaborations
  • Present results and conclusions in group and department meetings; write reports



  • Good working knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry principles
  • Aseptic culturing technique
  • Hands-on experience in suspension or adherent cells culturing
  • Critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Experience with mammalian cell cultures, metabolite measurement, cell count and viability measurements
  • Working knowledge of rAAV production process, transfection
  • Experience with any of the following analytical techniques: flow cytometry, ddPCR/qPCR, Western Blotting, ELISA, Bio-Layer Interferometry (Octet), total protein assay, cell based assays.
  • Knowledge of Ambr bioreactor operation is a plus
  • Knowledge of JMP software and Design of Experiments principles is a plus



Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or in a related field with 2+ years of experience in a cell culture laboratory.

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree with 4+ years or Master’s degree with 2+ years of experience in industrial research and development.