Research Associate

RPO International - San Francisco, CA


We are is currently seeking a Research Associate with our client in the SEO industry in their South San Francisco, CA location.


  • Seeking a Research Associate
  • Our projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place
  • We are makers, entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible
  • We are a team of computational and experimental scientists dedicated to making a moonshot in the life sciences
  • We're looking for a research associate with a background in cell/molecular biology for a 1-year contract position
  • If you are excited about making a difference in this space, we'd love to talk with you


  • Working closely with a multidisciplinary team to execute microbiology measurements
  • Executing experimental protocols for microbiological cell culture
  • Performing plate-based and tube-based assays and flow cytometry
  • Conducting molecular biology experiments including PCR and cloning
  • Develop and execute experimental protocols for various biochemical assays
  • Assisting with general laboratory maintenance, including purchasing supplies necessary to conduct experiments and adhering to laboratory safety standards
  • Ongoing use and testing of early team prototypes of computational tools


  • BSc degree in systems biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or similar
  • 3+ years of relevant research experience
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, such as DNA, RNA and protein purification, PCR, qPCR, cloning
  • Experience with modern high throughput molecular assays (e.g., NGS)
  • Experience with performing general laboratory duties such as preparing media reagents, and basic maintenance of equipment
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Exemplary written, verbal, and presentation communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with bacterial cell culture and relevant assays
  • Demonstrated experience with plate-based assays and flow cytometry
  • Experience with modern high throughput molecular assays (e.g. LC-MS/MS)
  • Familiarity with analytical and computational methods for analyzing molecular biology data

Job Types: Full-time, Contract


  • Research: 5 years (Required)
  • modern high throughput molecular assays (e.g., NGS): 5 years (Required)
  • performing general laboratory duties: 5 years (Required)
  • protein purification, PCR, qPCR, cloning: 5 years (Required)
  • basic molecular biology techniques, such as DNA, RNA: 5 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • South San Francisco, CA (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)