Research Associate – In Vitro Biology and Biomarker Group

Plato BioPharma, Inc. (PBI) is a pre-clinical contract research organization (CRO) delivering robust in vivo physiological and pharmacological data and biomarker profiles to understand compound activity in the cardiovascular, renal, pulmonary, hepatic, and diabetic therapeutic areas.  Our work enables our clients, some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical & innovative Biotech companies, to make go no-go decisions more rapidly and effectively.

We are seeking a highly motivated and tenacious individual to join our multi-disciplinary team. With a vibrant culture, PBI offers a stimulating environment to grow and participate in the discovery of therapeutics to treat life-threatening diseases.

Job Summary and Essential Functions
The PBI In Vitro Biology and Biomarker (IVBM) group is seeking a Research Associate to conduct basic molecular biology research across multiple therapeutic areas.  The position requires a demonstrated ability to perform simple and complex biochemical analyses for measuring cardiac, cardiovascular, hepatic, and renal system organ injury and function.  Desired experience includes Clinical Chemistry, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), and gene expression analysis.


  • Assist in maintaining laboratory and freezer inventories
  • Routine Clinical Chemistry and ELISA
  • Experimental planning and execution with adherence to company standards and procedures
  • Operates and helps maintain laboratory equipment
  • Assist in optimization and validation of experimental procedures and reporting
  • Entering and auditing experimental data and presentation of results
  • Timely delivery of all client and internal data as directed
  • Proactive communication with team members and the PBI In Vivo Department
  • Performs literary and web-based searches of current methods and technologies


The preferred candidate will have experience in the area of molecular biology and biochemistry.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related scientific discipline is required.
  • Laboratory experience – academic and/or industrial – is preferred.
  • Expertise in immunological assays including ELISA and Western Blot is preferred.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following is a plus: Luminex based Quantigene mRNA/protein plex assays, Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) protein assays, and/or histological imaging/analyses.


  • The selected candidate will have good planning and organizational skills, and be able to analyze and present data effectively, with a clear scientific understanding.
  • Strong communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills for presentation of results and delivery of data and required reports.
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritize and organize time effectively
  • Exercise rigor, accountability and responsibility when performing tasks
  • Must actively participate in our collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures.
  • Ability to assist with other tasks/duties as needed in a small company environment.
  • Level of position and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates interested in the position should send your resume and cover letter connecting your experience to the job requirements to No phone calls and no recruiters, please.