Job Opening

Research Associate - HT Screening/Cell-Based Assays

Emeryville, CA


Octant is a well-backed team (Series A led by a16z) of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs at the frontiers of biology, chemistry, and computation. We are a small molecule therapeutics company scaling drug discovery to navigate the complexity of human diseases using an integrated platform combining synthetic biology, genomics, computation and high-throughput chemistry.

Octant is an equal opportunity company that deeply values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds. We’re committed to growing the company with a diversity of talented individuals and our team is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone.

Job Description

We are seeking research associates who are excited about drug discovery. As a research associate, you have experience with HT cell-based assays, molecular biology workflows, or HT chemical screens. You love working in the lab, value streamlined and robust laboratory procedures and processes, and take pride in producing quality results. As a member of the Octant team, you’ll contribute to Octant’s scientific strategy by designing, executing on, and interpreting results for significant drug discovery programs. In addition, you thrive on getting things done, are eager to troubleshoot random tasks that arise in startups, and can navigate the uncertainty of an ever-changing and fast-paced environment.

This job might be great for you if you:
  • Have a bachelors or masters degree in a biology or engineering-related field or equivalent experience. We are open to hiring at different experience levels.
  • Have experience with mammalian cell culture, cell-based assays, or HT chemical screening
  • Are excited to identify impactful advancements on both the assay level and company level
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented startup environment.

To apply, please send a resume/CV and cover letter to and include “HTScreening RA” and your name in the email’s subject line.

Medical, dental, & vision coverage with competitive compensation based on experience level.