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Research Associate – Assay Development

Our Motto: Leave No Disease Behind

Perlara, PBC is a drug discovery company and Public Benefit Corporation based in South San Francisco that is on a mission to discover personalized cures for diseases, rare and common using a novel platform of engineered model organisms. We’re in our 4th year and continuing to build automation to improve the speed and capacity of our platform. We are seeking a research associate to support the Drosophila drug discovery pipeline with model and assay development skills.

Under the guidance of a senior scientist

  • Performs basic phenotypic experiments towards assay development
  • Performs genotyping, qPCR, and various enzymatic and biological assays towards fly model development and validation
  • Identifies and develops screening assays for fly disease models of human disease
  • Performs data collection and analyses for pilot as well as high throughput discovery screens
  • Prepares and maintains supplies for Drosophila husbandry
  • Assists in documentation of standard protocols
  • Assists in experiment design and project planning
  • Participates in weekly company meetings presents data and project plans


  • BS or MS in molecular/cellular biology, neurobiology, biomedical engineering or related field
  • Drosophila experience preferred but not required
  • Experience with automation or high-throughput drug and/or genetics screens preferred
  • Proficient in molecular biology techniques such as PCR, qPCR, sequencing
  • Ability to review scientific literature sources and design/troubleshoot experiments
  • Comfortable learning new techniques and aiding in the development of assays
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Works well in a team environment and deliver under fast-paced timelines
  • Well-organized and attention to detail


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