RESEARCH ASSISTANT II-Biophysics and Biochemistry Core

  • Full Time
  • La Jolla
  • Posted 2 months ago

Scripps Research

ABOUT US: Scripps Research is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. We expand basic knowledge in the biosciences and use these fundamental advancements to develop profound innovations that improve wellbeing. Our educational and training programs mold talented and committed students and postdocs into leading edge scientists. Scientists in the institute’s five academic research departments work hand-in-hand with researchers of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Calibr to merge foundational studies in biology, chemistry and computer science with translational science to produce pioneering drugs and advances in digital and precision medicine. Together, we cultivate new scientific leaders and expand the frontiers of knowledge to deliver medical breakthroughs to better human health around the globe. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your opportunity to join our transformative team.

POSITION TITLE:  Research Assistant II

POSITION SUMMARY: Will conduct experiments in nucleic acid manipulation, including PCR and gel electrophoresis, as well as working with enzymes such as polymerases, ligase, nucleases and reverse transcriptase etc., with minimal supervision. Daily work will include preparing NGS libraries, operating NGS sequencing systems and following laboratory guidelines for data management and storage. In addition, work with various analytical biophysical instrumentation systems (SPR, BLI, MP) will be required. Will require regular interpretation and presentation of experimental results at lab meetings.


Work under minimal supervision. Independently conducts a wide variety of standard laboratory techniques/procedures while using judgement when necessary to adapt standard methods and techniques. Receive instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions.
Provide interpretation and analyses of results. Troubleshoot and modify procedures.
may assist in designing experiments to complete a segment of overall research plan. May provide routine equipment maintenance. May provide guidance/training to department.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been attained. Re
Requires 3-5 years’ experience. Candidates possessing a master’s degree, 2+ years’ experience required…
Must be precise, highly motivated, and capable of mastering new experimental techniques in a timely manner.
Experience in amplification of RNA and DNA using PCR methods, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing and some biophysical instrumentation technology.   
Must have good communication skills and be comfortable working as part of a team.

This position works in a laboratory or vivarium environment.
Details of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.
COMPENSATION: The expected hiring range for this position is $64,480 to $75,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.


Eligibility for retirement plans with employer contribution.
Full suite of Health and Welfare plans including three medical plan options (including an HSA available option), dental, vision, life insurance, disability, EAP and more.
Access to Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical/Dependent Care).
Remote/Hybrid/Flexible work schedules (Dependent on role).
Competitive vacation and sick leave policies.
Free, on-site Counseling Center which provides confidential counseling services to benefits-eligible employees and their family members.
Free, on-site parking. 
The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff. 

EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.


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