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Research Associate - Molecular and Cell Biology (SF Bay Area)



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2024

Vilya is a computational biotechnology company creating a novel class of medicines to precisely target disease biology. We believe computational approaches are an integral, if not foundational, component of drug discovery and development. Our platform is built on ground-breaking research in advanced computational approaches and taps into uncharted chemical space to design new molecular structures not found in nature.

Our molecules open the door to a brand-new class of medicine with enhanced drug-like properties. We are harnessing the power of our platform to go after previously impossible targets in an array of indications. Vilya’s ultimate goal is to solve some of the most challenging unmet medical needs that exist today.

Our Vision: Harness a revolution in technology and biology to better human health

Our Mission: Build an independent, leading biotech company founded on intelligent drug design to cure the incurable

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate with a molecular or cell biology background. As a key contributor, you will work with a dynamic, cross-functional team, developing and executing experiments to identify drug candidates and support SAR studies for our diverse preclinical portfolio. You will join a biotech startup with long-term stability due to significant funding, but whose drug discovery and development organization is very much in formation. A lot can change in this early and exciting phase, providing many opportunities for significant impact. You will work closely with a talented team, learn a broad range of skills, and help shape Vilya’s culture, strategic direction, and outcomes. Join us, and help make a difference to patients!


  • Conduct cell-based assays in medium to high-throughput formats
  • Perform routine mammalian cell culture and cryobanking
  • Prepare buffers, reagents, and maintain lab equipment
  • Record, analyze, and communicate experimental data in a clear and concise fashion
  • Work with the manager and biology team to improve operational efficiency


  • M.S. degree or B.S. with 3+ years of drug development experience
  • Proficient in aseptic cell culture techniques & demonstrates strong technical skills
  • Hand-on experience with 96-well or 384-well plate format and techniques such as ELISA, western blot, and reporter assays
  • Familiarity with flow cytometry is advantageous
  • Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work on-site and attend in-person meetings five days per week
  • Passion for making a difference in the world and scientific discovery


  • Opportunity to work in a disruptive startup with a talented, experienced, and growing team of dedicated individuals
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching for contributions
  • Stock Options
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Open, flexible vacation policy
  • Support to attend professional conferences that are meaningful to your career growth
  • Monthly cell phone stipend
  • Access to onsite fitness center
  • Commuter benefits
  • Salary Range: $80,000 - $115,000