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Research Associate II in Emeryville, California

Do you want to join an international team working to improve the future of healthcare? Do you want to improve the lives of millions of people? Grifols is a global healthcare company which, since its foundation in Barcelona in 1909, has been working to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world. Our four divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital and Bio Supplies - develop, produce and market innovative medicines, solutions and services in more than 100 countries and regions.


Research Associate II supports the Grifols Diagnostics Research team's lab activities, day-to-day bench work, participates in evaluating new technologies, and provides clear analysis of these activities. The associate works with a diverse team of scientist and is involved in novel research initiatives and immunoassay development focused on next generation diagnostics. In a research capacity, the incumbent will be supporting project needs through mammalian cell culture techniques, such as hybridoma fusion methodologies, transient transfection and stable cell line development, molecular biology, protein characterization, or protein purification techniques. Common areas of research activities may include molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, based on the needs of the team. This is an entry to mid-level position that builds a strong analytical and quantitative foundation in support of the team.

Primary responsibilities for role:

  • Assists other lab staff in executing their research towards immunoassay development.

  • Independently executes experiments using technical laboratory skills that includes mammalian cell culture techniques (hybridoma fusion techniques), protein assay and characterization, and protein purification workflows

  • Takes direction well but can also independently execute on experiments with minimal oversight.

  • Reviews literature and develops understanding of project background.

  • Integrates well into team oriented environments.

  • Interacts closely with other internal departments (technical development, purchasing, laboratory support, etc.).

  • Proposes and executes on scientific methods for experiments.

  • Works proficiently with laboratory equipment and automating processes by efficiently managing lab time.

  • Analyzes antibody specificity, immunoassays, running assays and or equipment for routine laboratory work eg. protein expression by Western Blot and SDS-PAGE and ELISA, cell based assays.

  • Assists in recombinant protein and antibody purification and characterization including chromatographic characterization (SEC, IEC, etc.), UV-visible characterization, colorimetric and fluorescent assays

  • Experiences include light scattering analysis, and biomolecular interaction analysis a plus.

  • Abo;otoes to employ a diverse array of assays and analytical tools to address biological questions.

  • Weekend work due to project deadlines is required based on project.

  • Proficiency with creating detailed, accurate record keeping, maintaining lab equipment and laboratory supplies and working with glassware support staff.

  • Prepares reports, processes data for presentations, documentation and / or technical drafts

  • Serves as Research representative for cross functional team such as Health, Safety and Environment.

  • Prepares and orders experimental components and supplies ahead of experimentation and as requested.

  • Travel may be required.


Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical or Bio Engineering, or related scientific field; M.Sc. potentially.


3-5 years’ experience in laboratory setting.

  • Theoretical and working knowledge of scientific principles.

  • Demonstrated skills in mammalian cell culture (hybridomas, transient and/or stable cell line development), protein expression, purification and/or bioanalytical characterization)

  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

  • Reliability for executing extended scientific protocols.

  • Good presentation skills and able to articulate findings to various levels to management.

  • Ability to propose some trouble shooting ideas.

  • Excellent knowledge of MS-Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

  • Previous co-authorship on scientific journal articles/ patents a plus.

  • Preference will be given to applicants with technical and quantitative skills in addition to basic bench skills.

Occupational Demands:

  • May occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise manipulate objects up to 25 pounds in weight, and/or lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise manipulate objects up to 10 pounds in weight frequently or continuously.

EEO Minorities/ Disability/Veterans

Grifols is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, genetic disposition or characteristics, disability or veteran's status or any other classification protected by applicable State/Federal laws. We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Req ID: 497199