Research Associate 2 - Analytical Development (R&D)

Technical Operations San Diego, CA


About Pacira

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. Our in-depth knowledge of non-opioid pain management, coupled with our passion for advancing patient care, drives our commitment to providing solutions that address unmet medical needs and improve clinical results.

Why work with us?

Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people.  At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking - a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.

The purpose of this position is to carry out assigned laboratory duties which include sampling, testing, and evaluating analytical data on samples such as biological (e.g. plasma) samples, raw materials, in-process, and final products.  In addition, will also develop and validate analytical/bio-analytical methods.


  • Perform method development and validation of analytical procedures.
  • Conduct analyses of in-process and final product samples.
  • Carry out release testing and stability studies, as needed.
  • Conduct laboratory tests in compliance with established internal Standard Test Methods (STMs),  and within regulatory and laboratory requirements.
  • Maintain organized records of tests performed and results obtained by following company policies.
  • Perform troubleshooting and preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Participate in writing documents such as standard test methods, validation protocols and reports, and SOPs.
  • Provide technical assistance to other laboratory personnel.
  • Understand and follow all company policies, safety procedures, and SOPS, cGMP, ICH and industry guidelines.
  • Assist in preparations of analytical data slides for internal and external meetings and presentations.
  • Assist in performing laboratory investigations.  Contribute to written investigation reports as required.
  •  Participate in the transfer of methods to/from the Quality Control department.


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from an accredited college or university.  At least 2 years of pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Familiarity with cGMPs.
  • Competent in using typical laboratory equipment (e.g. UHPLC, HPLC, GC, UV Spec, pH meter, centrifuge, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Empower software preferred.
  • Good laboratory skills in preparations of standards and test samples such as weighing, pipetting, and performing dilutions of the solutions.
  • Ability to utilize scientific information resources within the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Good observation  problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Good documentation skills (e.g. notebook, reports) with attention to details and legible handwriting.
  • Good organizational skills (e.g. daily tasks, documentation, archived information).
  • Good interpersonal skills (e.g. working with members of other teams to achieve shared goals).
  • Good verbal and written English communication skills (e.g. able to participate in scientific discussions and written interactions).
  • Proficient in the use of computers and widely used workplace applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Outlook,.).
  • Ability to be flexible in adapting work plan to current corporate goals.
  • Good time management skills (e.g. multi-tasking and task prioritization). 

EEO Statement

Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.