Co-op, BioChemistry


Do you have the passion to join a group whose mission is to pioneer the discovery of a new class of medicines to treat diseases unaddressed by today’s therapies? Does it excite you to be a part of a company with a platform that can address any disease area with high unmet medical need? If yes, you may be a great fit to join Arrakis Therapeutics on our path to bring powerful new RNA-targeted small molecule (rSM) medicines to millions of patients.

Your Impact at Arrakis

The mission of Arrakis Therapeutics is to extend small molecule medicines into new realms of biology by discovering and developing compounds that selectively target RNA. By targeting distinct RNA structure: function relationships, Arrakis aims to generate drug candidates with novel mechanisms of action for molecular targets that are challenging to drug with other approaches, opening up vast new realms of human biology for medicine.

Our co-ops will not only gain experience in a scaling biotech company, but they will also learn various skills for RNA-targeted therapeutics, e.g., molecular biology and biochemistry techniques including next generation sequencing. All these skills will further equip the co-op for a broad range of demands in future occupational settings. 

The successful co-op should be a team player who possesses a sense of personal responsibility and can build trust as well as credibility with team members. This person must be well organized, flexible, and enjoy the challenges of working with a team of diverse individuals.


Key tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Gain familiarity with target engagement assays to probe small molecule:RNA binding interactions
  • Optimize current workflows for use with in vitro RNA, lysates, and cells, and improve upon the protocol to increase efficiency and yield
  • Learn sequencing-based data analysis of RNA chemical probing experiments
  • Work effectively with a cross-functional biology, informatics, assay development, and chemistry team to deliver high-quality results
  • Function independently and in team settings to design, conduct, and analyze experimental data
  • Record, communicate, and present experimental outcomes effectively across the organization
  • Undergraduate degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry or a related field
  • Previous laboratory experience is preferred
  • Organized and detailed oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has a can-do attitude without losing objectives
  • Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions and copes effectively with complexity and change

Interested in learning more about Arrakis? Click on the links below!

Arrakis/Amgen Partnership (Jan. 2022)

Arrakis/Roche Alliance Partnership (Apr. 2021)

Dark Matter Blog: Arrakis achieves escape velocity 

Dark Matter Blog: Following our pole star 

Arrakis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, military service, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.