Research Associate II, Molecular Screening at Pliant Therapeutics
Redwood City, CA, US

Pliant Therapeutics is an early stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies for fibrotic diseases. Founded by Third Rock Ventures with world-renowned academic thought leaders, Pliant is raising the bar for progress to meet unmet medical needs for patients and physicians. The company’s focus is on mechanism-based intervention in the fibrotic process using small molecules. The Company is seeking passionate, creative and dedicated scientists to join our team and contribute to our mission.

Position Overview

Immediate openings are available for Research Associates in Assay Development and Molecular Screening. This individual will join a dynamic and growing multidisciplinary team focused on discovery and advancement of new drug candidates. The primary responsibility of this position will be in the development and execution, biochemical and cellular assays utilizing robotic liquid handling platforms. A key component of the position will be to provide regular, high quality assay results, and troubleshoot and develop approaches to optimize experimental procedures. The successful candidate will work with some direct supervision of a Scientist or Senior Scientist.


Independently execute assigned tasks following appropriate laboratory/technical procedures under supervision.
Make detailed observations, record and analyze data.
Troubleshoot experiments, suggest improvements to supervisor.
Evaluate and clearly report experimental results to supervisor and colleagues on a routine basis with special attention to data quality and reproducibility.
Learn new laboratory techniques, troubleshoot experiments, and ensure experiments are well designed and performed to a high standard.

Job Requirements:

BA/BS or M.S degree in Molecular Biology or Biochemistry or Cell Biology.
Minimum of 4-6 years experience working in a laboratory research environment in either industry or academia.
Broad practical experience and knowledge in common cell biology laboratory procedures (cell culture, cell adhesion assay, ELISA, SDS/PAGE, Western blot, etc.) 4-6 years experience.
Experience with liquid handling automation is required.
Experience with use of biological assays to characterize and optimize small molecules and data graphing analysis is an advantage.
Ability to evaluate and clearly communicate results.