Research Associate 1 - Cell Biology

  • MyoKardia
  • South San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full time Biotech Pharmaceutical

Job Description


  • Prepare isolated adult animal cardiomyocytes for contractility assays
  • Use pre-established experimental designs to plan, and execute myocyte contractility and Ca2+ transient assays
  • Be responsible for data collection, organization and record keeping
  • Identify, communicate and triage assay anomalies during data collection or analysis of experimental results
  • Propose solutions to technical issues: proactively seek out senior team member to discuss potential resolutions to problems
  • Collaborate with colleagues and team members to provide robust data
  • Understand and follow IACUC approved protocols for animal use
  • Flexibility to start (and leave) work early 2-3 times/week to initiate protracted experiments (~7:00 AM)




  • Requires a BS in physiology, pharmacology, or related discipline.



  • Minimum of 1-2 years of animal handling experience in a pharmaceutical industry or academic research lab setting
  • Experience in pharmaceutical science, preferably in pharmaceutical industry focusing on cardiovascular science.
  • Familiarity with cellular electrophysiology advantageous, but non-essential

Technical Skills:

  • Hands-on experience with animal handling (mice and rats), and tissue collection, particularly heart.
  • Ex vivo adult rat cardiac myocyte isolation and myocyte contractility experience a plus