Research Associate I/II, Discovery Biology at NGM Bio
South San Francisco, CA, US

NGM Bio is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel, life-changing medicines for people whose health and lives have been disrupted by disease. The company’s biology-centric drug discovery approach aims to seamlessly integrate interrogation of complex disease-associated biology and protein engineering expertise to unlock proprietary insights that are leveraged to generate promising product candidates and enable their rapid advancement into proof-of-concept studies. As explorers on the frontier of life-changing science, NGM Bio aspires to operate one of the most productive research and development engines in the biopharmaceutical industry. All therapeutic candidates in the NGM Bio pipeline have been generated by its in-house discovery engine, always led by biology and motivated by unmet patient need. In addition to a healthy balance sheet and cash runway, the company currently has four programs in active clinical development. Visit us at for more information.

NGM is excited to hire a Research Associate on our Discovery Biology team. This position requires a strong grasp of basic molecular biology lab techniques, will offer exceptional hands-on learning opportunities, and involve working closely with our scientists on innovative early-stage drug discovery programs. This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to grow and develop in an exciting, fast paced environment and have a significant impact on drug discovery.


  • Work with team to create experimental plans to address cutting edge research questions
  • Independently plan schedule for the efficient execution of experiments and completion of assigned tasks
  • Prepare and occasionally order reagents via the company procurement process for experiments
  • Enter and organize experimental data into an Electronic Lab Notebook system
  • Analyze experimental data using Excel and GraphPad Prism
  • Present progress reports and findings to internal audiences of collaborators
  • Perform literature searches pertinent to current projects using PubMed and Google Scholar


  • Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in relevant scientific discipline. Candidates will be considered for the following levels using this rubric:
    • Research Associate I: completion of a Bachelor’s Degree
    • Research Associate II: completion of a Master’s Degree, or a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of work experience
  • Technical skills: familiarity with research methodologies and techniques, such as mammalian cell culture, lentiviral transduction, and flow cytometry
  • Scientific curiosity: enthusiasm for new ideas and the implementation of new methodologies in the pursuit of biological discoveries
  • Strong communication and writing skills and high proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team work environment
  • Critical evaluation and interpretation of scientific literature
  • Strong organization and time management skills

Position is based at NGMBio’s South San Francisco lab and office location with expectation for regular on-site presence.

NGM Biopharmaceuticals fosters diversity and inclusion in the workplace and actively encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

At the time of posting, the wage range for this role at the Research Associate I level is $69,000 to $89,300 and Research Associate II level $87,400 to $113,100 per year for candidates located in the Bay Area. For applicants outside of the Bay Area, the pay range may adjust according to geographic compensation data.

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