In Vivo Research Associate
San Francisco Bay Area, CA In Vivo Services
Job Type

Pacific BioLabs (PBL) is an independent Contract Research Laboratory offering cGMP/GLP testing services in animal sciences, biocompatibility, medical device safety, analytical chemistry, and microbiology. Founded in 1982, PBL is beginning a new chapter, applying significant investment and energy towards modernizing workflows, upgrading facilities and most importantly, enhancing our employee experience. We are looking for talented, energetic scientists and professionals to share in our passion for our mission to enhance public health through the testing services we provide to our pharma, biotech and medical device clients. If you are up for a challenge, come join our team!

PBL has immediate openings for a Research Associate in the In Vivo Services Department. The In Vivo Research Associate is a laboratory level job focusing on the development, optimization, and execution of a variety of in vivo (i.e., laboratory animal) and in vitro (i.e., cell-based and noncell-based) test methods. Successful candidates will be familiar with laboratory procedures including the use of analytical balances, calculating and preparing dilutions, pipetting, measuring pH, documenting study activities, and analyzing/interpreting data. The In Vivo Research Associate is expected to perform under minimal supervision. Research Associates also contribute to general laboratory operations including animal health monitoring, equipment maintenance, and maintaining a clean and organized laboratory environment. The position requires rotating weekend and holiday hours.

Responsibilities of the In Vivo Research Associate include:

  • Under minimal supervision, perform laboratory-based testing in support of client needs
  • Participate in the design and execution of laboratory testing in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and/or client-protocols
  • Provide technical, scientific, and intellectual support to laboratory testing, as applicable
  • Interface with Analysts, Study Directors, and In Vivo Department management in support of departmental activities
  • Maintain logbooks, worksheets, equipment records in accordance with company guidelines.
  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment and supplies
  • Ensuring sufficient inventory of reagents, consumables and materials
  • Documentation of appropriate study records
  • Participation in vivarium maintenance projects
  • Participate in company-wide projects designed to improve the overall effectiveness of PBL, as needed
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a science-related field (e.g., Biological Sciences, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Animal Sciences) with 0-2 years of laboratory experience. Candidates with relevant laboratory experience may substitute for a degree
  • Broad understanding of laboratory best practices including scientific knowledge demonstrated by previous coursework, and/or prior work experience in a scientific/laboratory setting
  • Willingness to work with potentially hazardous biological and chemical substances
  • Willingness to work with and/or around laboratory animals that includes handling tissues and biological samples
  • Ability to participate and/or manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have the ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have full use of hands, arms and legs with occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to work with persons of diverse background and function as a team
  • Must be able to follow verbal and written direction

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture desired
  • Hands-on experience with in vivo and/or in vitro assays a big plus

PBL Benefits Include:

  • Medical insurance package including dental and vision
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Company observed holidays and paid time off

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

PBL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. PBL considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans’ status, or any other legally protected factors.