Research Associate, Tissue Processing and Cell Culture

Altos Labs

Altos Labs

People & HR
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

Our Mission

Our mission is to restore cell health and resilience through cell rejuvenation to reverse disease, injury, and the disabilities that can occur throughout life.

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Our Value

Our Single Altos Value: Everyone Owns Achieving Our Inspiring Mission.

Diversity at Altos

We believe that diverse perspectives are foundational to scientific innovation and inquiry.

We are building a company where exceptional scientists and industry leaders from around the world work side by side to advance a shared mission.

Our intentional focus is on Belonging, so that all employees know that they are valued for their unique perspectives.

At Altos, we are all accountable for sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment.

What You Will Contribute To Altos

An exciting opportunity is available for a Research Associate to join the Zhang Lab in the Altos Labs San Diego Institute of Science. Specifically, we are looking for an individual to assist in developing and optimizing cell models and conducting phenotypic assays (90% of time). This individual will also be responsible for sectioning tissue samples from animal models for genomics analysis (10% of time). The individual must be detail-oriented, have strong communication skills, and be willing to work in a dynamic, fast-growing environment.


  • Maintain cell culture models and generate of stable cell lines.
  • Conduct phenotypic in vitro assays across different cell types.
  • Process human/animal tissue samples through tissue sectioning protocols.
  • Thoroughly document processes and results.
  • Assist with routine lab tasks (e.g. lab management, ordering, receiving).
  • Present findings at internal group meetings.

Who You Are

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree plus at least two years of wet lab experience in a molecular and cell biology lab (industry or academia).
  • Experience with the following:
    • Mammalian cell culture experience is required.
    • Familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques is required.
    • Tissue cryosectioning and microscopy required.
  • Excellent record keeping skills in a lab setting (familiarity with ELNs preferred).
  • Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with a broad range of people.
  • Demonstrated high productivity and ability to complete work in a timely manner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with stable cell line generation and cell-based phenotypic assays.
  • Experience with lentivirus, AAV, or other virus generation
  • Cell dissociation and/or nuclei extraction.
  • Familiarity with genomics, transcriptomics and/or metabolomics assays.

The salary range for San Diego, CA:

  • Research Associate I: $80,750 - $109,250
  • Research Associate II: $96,900 - $131,100
  • Senior Research Associate: $111,350 - $150,650

Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, and location.

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What We Want You To Know

We are a culture of collaboration and scientific freedom, and we believe in the values of diversity, inclusion and belonging to inspire innovation.

Altos Labs provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Altos currently requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to legally required exemptions (e.g., due to a medical condition or sincerely-held religious belief).

Thank you for your interest in Altos Labs where we strive for a culture of scientific freedom, learning, and belonging.

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