Biotech jobs in San Diego

8/23/2019 6:07:27 PM

In case you haven’t heard, the ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology, is returning to San Diego in 2020. Be sure to check out the meeting website for an overview of the scientific programming being offered and to sign up for updates.  

New this year is the option to fast-track your abstract, in case you need to plan ahead for international visas or other logistical considerations. Abstracts submitted by Oct. 15 are guaranteed a decision within two weeks. The abstract-submission system opens in September. Abstract categories were published in the latest ASBMB Today issue, along with links to some helpful articles on writing an abstract.  

San Diego also is the place to be if you’re interested in an R&D career in industry. As science writer Laurel Oldach points out in a recent AToday article on academic entrepreneurs and startups, location is key for startups to have access to plenty of lab space and talent. Lectenz Bio, one of the startups featured in the article, chose to expand to the San Diego area for that reason.   

In fact, BioSpace, a life-sciences industry news and careers site, has dubbed the San Diego/southern California area as “Biotech Beach.” You can read the latest news for this biotech hotspot on their website. Additionally, the San Diego Biotechnology Network maintains a directory of life-science and biotechnology companies, which can help you find potential employers in the area.  

While you’re at the annual meeting, you may want to look into attending any nearby networking events that may be scheduled through local biotech associations and tech councils. A listing of local groups can be found in the main sidebar of the SDBN website. Networking is essential to learn more about careers in industry and how to make the successful transition.     

This week, we bring you a roundup of industry R&D scientist positions at medical biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies in the San Diego area. These jobs were found from a search of the BioSpace job board for this specific location.  

More info about industry careers and salary data by metro areas can be found in the ASBMB Today careers issue.  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • Biomatrica, a company specializing in sample preservation technologies for biomarker collection and a subsidiary of Exact Sciences Corp., has openings for both a research associate (bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry or a related field) and senior research associate (master’s degree or bachelor’s degree plus two years of experience). Both positions are responsible for characterizing biological samples using a wide range of techniques and supporting the R&D team with projects. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • Inception Therapeutics, a drug-discovery engine focused on launching new start-up companies, is hiring for multiple scientist positions. One opening is for a senior research associate/scientist in the area of cellular and biochemical assay development. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a biological field and five years of lab experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • Fate Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders, has a number of open R&D science positions listed on its job board. These include positions at the research associate (bachelor’s degree), associate scientist (master’s degree) and scientist levels (master’s or Ph.D. degree) in the areas of assay development, cancer immunotherapy and translational science. See the job listings for more details. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • PaxVax Inc., a company that develops specialty vaccines against existing and emerging infectious diseases and was recently acquired by Emergent Biosolutions, is seeking a scientist to join its process development and clinical production department. The incumbent will be responsible for upstream process development to optimize the production of vaccines. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in a science or engineering field. Additionally, the company has a listing on its job board for an R&D college intern. No application deadlines are provided.  
  • Nitto BioPharma Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel RNA-based therapeutics for intractable diseases, is advertising for a senior scientist in analytical R&D. Areas of focus include physicochemical characterizations and bioanalytical method development. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. No application deadline is provided. 

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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