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Research Associate, In Vivo Pharmacology

Achaogen is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company passionately committed to the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative antibacterials to treat multi-drug resistant, Gram-negative infections. In light of recent positive Phase 3 data for our NDA-candidate with breakthrough therapy designation, plazomicin, and a growing pipeline that includes small molecules in early development and multiple large and small molecule discovery programs, we are looking for an accomplished scientific minded researcher to join our growing in vivo pharmacology group.

We seek a highly motivated and driven Research Associate who will have hands-on responsibilities for Achaogen’s in vivo studies. If you are passionate about science, like working in a team environment, are looking to grow in your career and are committed to performing rigorous experiments that inform drug development, then this is the place for you!


  • Dosing, necropsy, and in life procedures (IV, PO, SC, IP dosing, anesthesia, simple surgery, blood and tissue collection) for non-clinical studies
  • Maintaining accurate and well-organized records and worksheets
  • Planning, execution, and documentation of experiments
  • Familiarity with IACUC protocols and regulations involved with in vivo work
  • Reporting of in vivo studies that may include: immunization, infectious disease, DMPK, tolerability/toxicology, pharmacology/efficacy, and biomarker discovery/validation studies
  • Ensuring appropriate EH&S compliance
  • Managing activities within an agreed scope and timeline
  • Performance of tasks essential to the job function may require the employee to work directly with, handle, or otherwise come into contact with laboratory animals, chemicals or pharmaceutical agents

Essential Experience:

  • A minimum of 0-2 years of experience in conducting in vivo studies
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Impeccable organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Strong communications skills
  • Integrate seamlessly into project team work flows
  • Hands-on experience with compound dosing, blood collection, necropsy and anesthesia for relevant non-clinical species
  • Understanding and comprehension of techniques, nomenclature, equipment, etc. as they relate specifically to job performance function in the laboratory animal research environment


  • GED/BS/BA in a scientific discipline (ALAT certification is an acceptable alternative with appropriate experience)

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Motivated and passionate about making a difference for unmet medical needs
  • Interest in pursuing and providing learning/professional development opportunities and enhancing/expanding skill set
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and partnering ability
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a positive, collaborative manner, inspiring trust and confidence with colleagues
  • Committed to values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive
  • Experience in the conduct in vivo experiments, including delivery of candidate drug regimens, making in-life observations, aseptic technique and harvesting and processing samples
  • Current US work authorization required
  • Ability to travel domestically
  • Able to work flexibly, including evenings, weekends, overnights and holidays
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