Senior Research Associate/ Associate Scientist, Biology

Nura Bio

South San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Post Date: 04/13/2021
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  • Company Address: 161 Oyster Point Blvd, South San Francisco, California, 94080

About Nura Bio

At Nura Bio (previously known as Proneurotech Inc.), we envision a world where the diagnosis of a neurological disorder comes with the hope of a cure. Expanding on recent breakthroughs in crucial neurodegenerative pathways, we are positioned to deliver transformative neuroprotective therapies to prevent and protect against neuronal loss and related neuroimmune dysregulation. Our research and development strategy is currently centered on two approaches: prevention of neuronal loss to preserve neurological function; and restoring the function of the neuron-glia axis to improve the nervous system’s immune surveillance capacity in response to neurological injury. Our discovery engine and emerging multi-target pipeline spans these approaches and is well positioned to address a broad range of neurological diseases.

Job Description

Nura Bio is a venture-backed biopharmaceutical company located in South San Francisco, CA, focused on the discovery and development of novel neuroprotective drugs for the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases of the peripheral, central, and ocular nervous system. At Nura Bio, we envision a world where the diagnosis of a neurological disorder comes with the hope of a cure. We seek to alter the course of neurological diseases by targeting fundamental pathways underlying axon degeneration and neuroimmune regulation to preserve neuronal integrity. To achieve this bold mission, we are building an outstanding research organization, engaged in the relentless pursuit of scientific innovation and excellence, working together as a team with a sense of urgency to translate groundbreaking scientific research into meaningful therapies for patients.
The Senior Research Associate/Associate Scientist, Bioassays will contribute to and influence all aspects of the drug discovery process from target discovery through nomination of clinical candidates.  As a member of the Research and Development team, you will be part of a culture of scientific excellence, rigorous innovation, collaboration and fun! At Nura Bio, we offer exciting professional growth opportunities and a highly competitive compensation, equity, and benefits package.  
Key Responsibilities: 
  • Design and execute small molecule biochemical and cell-based High Throughput Screening (HTS) assays for novel targets in the pipeline
  • Collaborate within cross-functional teams to drive structure-activity relationship (SAR) efforts for multiple drug discovery programs
  • Determine mechanism of action for novel targets by deploying novel biochemical, biophysical and cell-based assays
  • Present key findings at scientific meetings 
  • Manage internal and external (academic and contract research organizations) resources to deliver quality data in an efficient manner
  • Develop strong relationships and communicate effectively within the internal team and with key stakeholders 
Professional Experience/ Qualifications:
  • An M.S. in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Cell biology, or closely related field 
  • Expertise in small molecule assay development, automation, miniaturization, validation and execution across multiple platforms including but not limited to LC, LC-MS, Alpha screens, cell-based assays, binding assays, high-content imaging assays and HTRF
  • At least 7 years industry experience in small molecule assay development, with a proven track record in contributing to SAR efforts on multiple small molecule programs 
  • Demonstrated record of strong scientific contributions as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, patents and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for our mission, the desire to drive scientific innovation and a collaborative mindset
If you have the experience we are seeking and would like the opportunity to contribute to our mission, we would like to hear from you!

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