Research Associate - Hansen lab

Science Novato, California



The Hansen lab at the Buck Institute is inviting applications for a position as a Research Associate. With the help of scientists, the RA carries out specialized laboratory procedures for research projects at the Buck. The focus of our research is to understand how the basic cellular recycling process called autophagy is regulated during aging, using the nematode C. elegans and mammalian cell culture systems and a combination of biochemical, imaging, and genetic approaches. Work flexibility may be needed and applicants must have reliable means to get to work on time every workday, including as needed on weekends.


  • Prepare reagents including production of agar plates, bacterial culturing and C. elegans culturing and maintenance.
  • Enter and manage data.
  • Participate in project planning meetings and other communication exercises.
  • Use a variety of established research protocols/techniques to investigate a scientific problem.
  • Maintain laboratory facilities and equipment.
  • Help to maintain laboratory records (e.g., chemical safety, radiation safety, etc).
  • Assist in the preparation of protocols.
  • Keep a careful record of experiments in laboratory notebooks.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental results.
  • Assist in preparing research reports.
  • Help to develop new laboratory procedures.
  • Read assigned research articles.
  • May make oral presentations.


Education & Experience

  • BA/BS in Biology, Cell Biology or a related field
  • Knowledge and practical experience working on elegans required

Specialized Skills

  • Strong aptitude, background and knowledge of basic scientific theory
  • Highly motivated to perform research
  • Excellent technical and problem-solving ability
  • Precise attention to detail and accuracy
  • Works well both independently and with other scientists under general supervision
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Full training in specialized aspects of the work will be given
  • Database management and computation experience is a plus


  • Salary: $50,000 - $65,000 commensurate with lab/research experience
  • Dynamic work environment at the forefront of science using state-of-the-art techniques
  • Generous benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, childcare assistance, generous holiday/vacation/sick leave, and 401(k) with 5% employer match
  • Collaborative environment – both for science and social activities


Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Interested candidates should apply online and upload a CV and cover letter including contact information for three professional references.