Staff Scientist, Biophysics
San Diego , California
May 17, 2017
The Staff Scientist develops and performs independent and creative biophysics research, with a focus on applying state-of-the-art protein and ligand NMR spectroscopy technology to drug discovery projects. The Staff Scientist will use their skills to help advance small molecule and antibody-based programs from hit identification and characterization into preclinical development.

  • Manages the design, development, and implementation of NMR technologies to support drug discovery projects and characterizes small molecule and antibody interactions with potential drug targets
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for NMR technology to impact small molecule and antibody projects.
  • Leads the identification and utilization of current and emerging NMR technologies, whether performed internally or accessed via outside collaborators to impact projects.
  • Identifies opportunities to collaborate with partners (academic, biotech and CRO) to enhance in-house capabilities. Leads and manages external collaborations effectively.
  • Participates on cross-functional teams and provides technical leadership in the areas of NMR and biophysics.
  • Effectively presents data to other scientific staff or cross-functional project team; may present data/posters to external research or scientific community¬†


  • Ph.D. or equivalent with Post Doc in Biophysics or a related discipline with 0-3 years of relevant experience in a research and/or development environment, or
  • MS degree with at least 10 years of Biophysics experience, or
  • BS degree with at least 12 years of Biophysics experience, and a demonstrated working knowledge of Biophysics scientific principles, or equivalent
  • Strong track record of delivery of NMR based solutions to drug discovery teams as evidenced by quality and quantity of publications/presentations/inventions.
  • Experience with ligand and protein based NMR techniques, including 1D and 2D methods to assign protein sequences used in structure determination and to determine backbone and side-chain dynamics of proteins.
  • Experience with binding site mapping, fragment screening, using STD, waterLogsy, 15N-HSQC and other techniques.
  • Experience with preparation of singly-labeled 15N and doubly-labeled 15N, 13C protein.
  • Positive can-do attitude with strong collaboration skills and ability to work with drug discovery scientists.
  • Highly motivated and flexible with ability to work in fast-paced environment. Ability to provide novel creative solutions to challenging problems.¬† Desire to learn and tackle new challenges and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated interest in applying biophysical solutions in fragment based drug discovery.
  • Professionally represents the organization in collaborations, partnership discussions, and external relationships and conferences
  • Demonstrated experience with biophysical techniques including, TSA, SPR, ITC, DLS, and fluorescence spectroscopy.

  • Use hands on a regular basis to handle small laboratory equipment, including multi-channel pipettors, for liquid transfers to and from 96- and 384-well plastic assay plates
  • Able to lift or move up to 10 pounds on a regular basis in the course of daily work
  • Exposure to hazardous/toxic/dangerous chemicals


  • Less than or equal to 10% travel, consisting of one to two relevant scientific meeting and/or trips to NMR collaborators and CROs

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