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Research Associate - Analytical Chemistry (SF Bay Area)



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 2, 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 an enthusiastic Research Associate, Analytical Chemistry to join our growing team in South San Francisco. This full-time onsite position will be responsible for the operation of Vilya’s high throughput analytical and purification capabilities, key activities as we expand our platform technology and advance orally available macrocycles into the clinic.


  • Operate analytical laboratory equipment, including HPLC, UPLC-MS, mass-directed prep HPLC and nephelometer
  • Analyze and purify samples for routine chemical profiling
  • Prepare solvents and reference materials needed for day to day operations
  • Provide regular progress updates to the analytical chemistry team
  • Effective written communication as required for patent filings, company reports, and scientific publications
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed electronic lab notebook
  • Adherence to all safety and environmental regulations


  • BS in chemistry with 2+ years relevant experience
  • Computer coding experience will be considered a plus
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills and perceptive mechanical problem-solving ability
  • Prior experience with automated analytical and purification systems will be considered a plus
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated with strong time management and multitasking skills
  • Impeccable scientific integrity
  • Positive attitude and willingness to do whatever is needed to meet deliverables and advance projects


  • 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 reimbursement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Salary Range : $80,000 - $115,000