Research Associate I

Location:  San Rafael, California Category: Research Employment Category: Fulltime-Temporary


BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. 


The mission of Translational Biology is to conduct preclinical translational research evaluating potential therapeutics for severe rare diseases with unmet medical needs. We help provide proof-of-concept preclinical data in relevant disease models and data for understanding of mechanisms of action for these potential therapeutics.

    • The research associate will partner closely with a team of scientists from translation biology to provide technical assistance and support.  He/She will primarily be responsible for sample receiving, sample preparation, tissue extraction and perform routine assays to assess pharmacokinetics, efficacy and mechanism of action of potential therapeutics.

    • Sample receiving and management.

    • Make protein lysates and extract DNA and RNA from cells and tissues samples.

    • Performing assays including but not limited to enzymatic activity, ELISA, ddPCR, southern blot and western blot.

    • Maintain and expand cell culture.

    • Record and notebook keeping.



Experience with handling animal tissues will be required.

Candidates with previous laboratory experience in protein/DNA/RNA purification, ddPCR, westerns, and/or cell culture will be preferred.  

Ability to follow protocols to perform experiments.

Willingness to learn new molecular/biochemical procedures

The position requires organizational skills, self-motivation, teamwork, and dedication to quality in a fast-paced setting. 


Bachelor’s degree in Science with 2+ years of relevant experience or Master’s degree with minimal work experience.

Skills and Experience

The Skills and Experience match parameters for the candidate are parsed from the Duties, Skills, and Education.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.