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Date: Jun 5, 2019

Location: Seattle, Washington, US

Research Associate – Structural Biology – Protein Crystallography

Bainbridge Island, WA


The Organization:

UCB is a fast-moving global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases affecting the immune and central nervous systems. With more than 7,700 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 4.2 billion in 2016. UCB invests more than 25% of revenue in cutting-edge scientific research with the objective of solving unmet patient needs. We have a passionate, long-term commitment to the discovery and development of innovative medicines that transform the lives of people with severe diseases. At UCB everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We do that by connecting with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease of the immune system and the central nervous system. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.  


For our Seattle/Bainbridge Island laboratory, we are seeking a Research Associate lab-based scientist for execution of high throughput protein crystallography experiments to support diverse drug discovery programs. 


Primary Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Execute of all aspects of protein crystallography including manual and robotic setup of high throughput crystallization experiments, observation and assessment of experimental results, optimization of crystallization conditions, harvesting of protein crystals, and X-ray diffraction data collection using in-house X-ray source.
  • Adhere to industry standards of laboratory technique to ensure experimental integrity, including careful documentation of results in electronic laboratory notebooks, in order to successfully progress drug discovery projects under aggressive timelines.
  • Work closely with senior scientists to develop and troubleshoot experimental protocols.

Education and Experience:

Essential Requirements

  • BS in applicable field (biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, etc)
  • Foundational molecular biology/biochemistry lab experience, such as upper division lab courses.
  • High attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Eagerness to learn new techniques and tasks at the intersection of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Desirable Requirements

  • Independent research (under appropriate supervision) in an academic or industrial setting.
  • Familiarity with principles X-ray protein crystallography.
  • Fundamental understanding of protein biochemistry, recombinant proteins and protein biophysical characterization.
  • Experience working with laboratory robotic systems.


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including 401k, health benefits and vacation. As an equal opportunity employer, UCB will consider all qualified applications for employment.  EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability.

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