Research Associate

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 Research Associate I/II, functions to manage, coordinate, and perform activities required for the testing of drug product or human and animal specimens associated with one or more research and pre-clinical studies. In this position the candidate will work closely with Scientists in the Research group focused on mass spectrometry-based assays. 


    • Preparation of assay reagents and buffers.

    • Perform LC-MS based assays to quantify analytes from various complex matrices.

    • Perform quantitative analysis of data and interpretation of experimental results.

    • Be able to develop and optimize new LC/MS-based protocols.

    • Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations in meetings.

    • Maintain good and timely documentation of experiments

    • Contribute to and provide solutions to technical problems and think creatively.

    • Follow SOPs, policies, and regulations, and to perform routine lab equipment maintenance is required.




    • 0-2 years of relevant laboratory experience in academic or industry environment

    • Candidate should have experience in UPLC and/or HPLC based separations

    • Candidate should have experience with mass spectrometry

    • Candidate should have general understanding of mass spectrometry principles

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

    • Working knowledge of basic statistical analysis

    • Strong problem-solving, documentation and organizational skills with a focus on details and results.

    • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment

        • Ability to work in a team environment. 


B.S. or M.S in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Bioengineering or related discipline

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.