Senior Research Associate, Protein Production

About Us

aTyr Pharma is a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel immunological pathways. aTyr’s research and development efforts are concentrated on a newly discovered area of biology, the extracellular functionality and signaling pathways of tRNA synthetases. aTyr has built a global intellectual property estate directed to a potential pipeline of protein compositions derived from 20 tRNA synthetase genes and their extracellular targets. aTyr’s primary focus is ATYR1923, a clinical-stage product candidate which binds to the neuropilin-2 receptor and is designed to down-regulate immune engagement in inflammatory lung diseases. aTyr is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol “LIFE”. For more information, please visit


Patients and their challenges provide tremendous drive and meaning to what we do at aTyr. We seek a talented and successful individual that deeply desires to participate in our process to make medicines that change a patient’s life forever. An excellent opportunity to become a central member of a supportive and tight-knit team is currently available at aTyr.

Position Summary

We are currently seeking a Senior Research Associate to join the Process Sciences team as we focus on the development of novel medicines derived from our research into new biological pathways. The successful candidate will play an important role in the discovery and development of new drug candidates through the generation of high quality proteins for research use and support of manufacturing process development for clinical candidates. Primary laboratory responsibilities include upstream protein production with mammalian cell culture processes, DNA production and purification, and related inventory management. Dependent upon experience and interest, there are growth opportunities to work within other functional groups.


The role requires the ability to collaborate with colleagues in a
cross-functional, fast-paced team environment. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized, and flexible, with the ability to handle rapidly changing objectives and timelines. Preference given to candidates with industry experience.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • BS with 5+ years of experience in mammalian cell culture processes for protein production
  • Experience in harvest, clarification, and recovery processes
  • DNA production experience is a plus
  • Organized and able to plan and execute multiple activities in parallel using efficient time management
  • High level of motivation and initiative with ability to quickly identify issues, troubleshoot, and implement changes as needed
  • Work well independently as part of a dynamic team and collaborate with cross-functional groups
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Further Recruiting Information

For additional information about aTyr Pharma, please visit our website at

In addition to a competitive compensation package with stock options and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan, aTyr Pharma also offers a comprehensive benefits package for our employees and their families, which includes medical, dental, life, disability and a 401(k) matching contribution.