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Associate Scientist I

Avidity Biosciences

Avidity Biosciences

San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024


Job Title:

Associate Scientist I


San Diego, CA / Hybrid

Position type:


Full time




Strive to Bring a Profound Difference to our Patients

At Avidity Biosciences, we are passionate about the impact of every employee in realizing our vision of improving people’s lives by delivering a new class of RNA therapeutics. Avidity is revolutionizing the field of RNA with its proprietary AOCs, which are designed to combine the specificity of monoclonal antibodies with the precision of oligonucleotide therapies to address targets and diseases previously unreachable with existing RNA therapies. If you are a committed, solution-oriented thinker, join us in making a difference and become part of our growing culture that is integrated, collaborative, agile and focused on the needs of patients.

Avidity Biosciences, Inc.'s mission is to profoundly improve people's lives by delivering a new class of RNA therapeutics - Antibody Oligonucleotide Conjugates (AOCs™). Utilizing its proprietary AOC platform, Avidity demonstrated the first-ever successful targeted delivery of RNA into muscle and is leading the field with clinical development programs for three rare muscle diseases: myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Avidity is broadening the reach of AOCs with its advancing and expanding pipeline, including programs in cardiology and immunology through internal discovery efforts and key partnerships. Avidity is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information about our AOC platform, clinical development pipeline, and people, please visit and engage with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Opportunity

Avidity Biosciences is seeking a highly motivated Associate Scientist to join our Biology team and contribute to the development of our platform. This is a hands-on position to generate high-quality data for pre-clinical stage drug development programs. The ideal candidate will be proficient in a wide range of cellular and molecular biology techniques and is expected to be a strong team player and demonstrate scientific rigor.

What You Will Contribute/Responsibilities

  • Design and perform experiments, analyze data, interpret and report results
  • Develop and optimize biochemical, molecular, and cellular biology methods and assays as needed
  • Collaborate and communicate with other team members and across departments, with the flexibility to participate in several drug development projects if needed
  • Keep detailed and accurate records
  • Present data effectively in verbal as well as written form
  • Work with supervisor to prioritize work
  • Provide training to new laboratory staff

What We Seek/Qualifications

  • B.S./M.S. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Bioengineering or related disciplines
  • Prior relevant laboratory experience is required (5+ years). Previous experience in biotech/pharma is required
  • Prior experience and a high degree of proficiency with the following techniques are required: cell culture, transfection, RNA isolation, quantitative RT-qPCR analysis, Western Blot, processing of animal tissues
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with little to no supervision and in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with a diverse team of co-workers
  • Solid written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer and data analysis skills, specifically with Microsoft Office and GraphPad Prism
  • Integrity, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, strong interpersonal skills, and attention to detail are expected
  • ddPCR, immunofluorescence, and RNAscope skills are a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one station to another or from one worksite to another
  • Adjusting or moving objects up to 10, 25, 50 pounds
  • Communicating with others to exchange information
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands, and/or legs
  • Repeating motions of fingers (typing and/or writing)
  • Operating machinery or equipment (laboratory equipment, manual pipettes, copiers, etc)
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned
  • Ability to use a computer

Environmental Conditions:

  • Low temperatures
  • High temperatures
  • Noisy environments
  • No adverse environmental conditions are expected
  • Exposure to general laboratory environment conditions
  • Exposure to general office environment conditions

What We Will Provide to You:

  • The base salary range for this role is $93,000 - $103,000. The final compensation will be commensurate with factors such as relevant experience, skill set, internal equity, and market factors.
  • Avidity offers competitive compensation and benefits, including the opportunity for annual and spot bonuses, stock options, and RSUs, as well as a 401(k) with an employer match. In addition, the comprehensive wellness program includes coverage for medical, dental, vision, and LTD and four weeks of time off.
  • A commitment to learning and development, including a variety of internal programming developed by and for Avidity employees, opportunities for job-specific training offered by industry, and an education reimbursement program.

Avidity Biosciences

10578 Science Center Dr. Suite 125

San Diego, CA


O: 858-401-7900

F: 858-401-7901