Research Associate (RA) - neuro-immunology
At Alector, we believe that neurodegeneration and dementia are in fact immune disorders and we have made it our mission to empower the immune system to cure Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, ALS and other degenerative brain conditions. We are supported by leading investors in healthcare including Orbimed, Polaris, Google Ventures and count some of the most innovative pharma companies as our strategic backers.
Use your hard-earned research and laboratory skills to help us achieve our exciting and important mission of saving lives by curing neurodegenerative diseases.
As Research Associate for the neuro-immunology team (based in South San Francisco), you’ll help Alector discover and develop novel drugs targeting dementia and other neurological disorders. You will carry out valuable experiments under the guidance of senior scientists, contributing to Alector’s collective scientific understanding. You will apply your existing technical skills, learn new skills, and play a key role in important research that will help grow the company and guide its direction. You will be a critical member of the high-performing neuroimmunology team, by being persistent, self-motivated, and efficient. As an early hire, you’ll be influential in championing and developing Alector’s culture.
During the first year, your goals will include:
- Conducting cellular and molecular analyses, such as functional assays, flow cytometry, ELISA, RNA/DNA analyses, and Western blotting, primarily with immune cell types from both human and mice
- Recording experiments and results; analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data to the rest of the company
- Performing established and routine in vivo procedures
If you thrive in a fast-paced, exciting, mission-driven environment where you drive growth, this is the role for you. There is no limit to how far you can go with us.
- Bachelor’s Degree in biochemistry, chemistry, biology or a related scientific field (required); Masters’ Degree in the above (desired)
- Proficiency across several of the following technical skills: ELISA, FACS, IHC, Western blot, RNA/protein isolation
- Experience with primary cell and cell line cultures (desired)
- Mouse handling experience (preferred)
- Minimum one year of professional experience (3+ years industry experience preferred; required if no masters), including life sciences experience
While we’ve focused on what to look forward to during the first year, Day One is great, too: committed and driven colleagues, mission-driven company, state-of-the-art brand-new offices in South San Francisco, competitive compensation and benefits. But these matter only if you’re excited to build and own something great, and take on these challenges.