Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate, Biology

Biology · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Biology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Chinook Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases.  We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapeutics with novel mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways. The development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and defined and rapid clinical development opportunities.  Our lead program, atrasentan, is a late-stage clinical program for the treatment of primary glomerular kidney diseases planned to move into a phase 3 trial for IgA nephropathy in early 2021. We are also advancing CHK-336 towards a planned IND in 2021 for an ultra-orphan kidney disease.  In addition, our pipeline has several other internal programs at the validation and lead optimization stages and we are also evaluating business development opportunities for early and late-stage clinical assets to enhance the pipeline. 


Chinook launched in 2019 with a $65 million Series A financing from leading healthcare investors Versant Venture, Apple Tree Partners and Samsara Biocapital, and recently announced a proposed merger with Aduro Biotech, Inc., which we expect to close in the second half of 2020.  Chinook will be the surviving company following the merger and will trade on Nasdaq.  Concurrent to the merger, we also recently announced a private placement financing of $106 million from leading healthcare investors including EcoR1, OrbiMed, and others.  Upon both transactions closing, Chinook is expected to have at least $275 million in operating capital.  Chinook currently has approximately 45 employees and is based in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. 


Chinook Therapeutics is seeking an energetic and collaborative Research Associate or Sr Research Associate to join the Biology discovery team at our laboratories situated in Vancouver, Canada. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, performing and analyzing in vitro experiments, and contributing to go/no-go decisions in preclinical drug discovery programs. Hands-on experience in cellular biology, molecular biology, and enzymology is required. The ideal candidate will possess strong teamwork and communication skills, will be able to design and perform experiments independently, and will propose innovative solutions to biological questions. Candidates will work within a multidisciplinary drug discovery team of medicinal chemists, DMPK scientists, and in vivo pharmacologists.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design, perform, and analyze in vitro experiments to support the advancement of multiple preclinical drug discovery programs
  • Develop and perform enzyme and cell-based assays to determine potencies and characteristics of novel compounds
  • Establish and execute assays to analyze PD markers in collaboration with a multidisciplinary research team
  • Proactively interrogate research literature and contribute to overall project strategy
  • Participate in and present data in team meetings
  • Mentor co-op students in daily lab activities
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive team-focused company culture

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Sc. or M.Sc. degree with at least 5 years of post-graduate research experience
  • Minimum 3 years of industrial experience is required, preferably in a drug discovery setting
  • Hands-on experience in assay development and compound screening
  • Strong working knowledge of cellular biology, molecular biology, and enzymology
  • Effective time management skills and ability to work in a fast-paced team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and present data in clear manner
  • A strong team player with a passion for science and drug discovery
  • Positive attitude and high personal and ethical standards


Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, place of origin, religion, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and disability or any other federal, state, provincial or local protected ground.


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