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Research Associate

Avidity Biosciences

Avidity Biosciences

San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024


Job Title:

Research Associate


San Diego, CA

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

We are seeking a Research Associate to join our team in San Diego. This hands-on position is responsible for designing, synthesizing, and analyzing antibody oligonucleotide conjugates. The ideal candidate will have biotech/pharma experience in medicinal chemistry, bioconjugation, and nucleic acid therapeutics. The candidate is expected to be a strong team player who enjoys scientific discovery and can communicate and collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment.

What You Will Contribute

  • Design, synthesis, purification, and analysis of oligonucleotides, linkers, and protein/peptide/antibody conjugates
  • Implement lead optimization strategies to advance AOCs into development
  • Preparation and communication of research results in both oral and written formats

What We Seek

  • BS or MS in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline with hands-on experience
  • Experience in HPLC purification and analytical methods for proteins and oligonucleotides
  • Previous experience in biotech/pharma is desirable
  • Proven ability to conduct self-directed research and to work effectively in a dynamic environment with a diverse team of co-workers
  • Solid written and oral communication skills, enthusiasm, integrity, self-motivation, strong interpersonal skills, and attention to detail are necessary

What We Will Provide to You:

  • The base salary range for this role is $66,000 - $80,000 ($31.73/hr. - $38.47/hr.) The final compensation will be commensurate with relevant experience, skillset, 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