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. 


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.


Job Description:

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.

Prepare protein lysates and DNA/RNA from cells and tissues samples.

Perform assays including but not limited to enzymatic activity, ELISA, PCR and western blot

Maintain and expand cell culture

Record data and notebook keeping


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

Ability to follow protocols to perform experiments.

Experience with handling animal tissues.

Willingness to learn new molecular/biochemical procedures.

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


Applicants should have a BA/BS in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Genetics with at least 2-5 years of experience.


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.