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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  517

San Diego, California, US

Date:  Oct 26, 2019

At Lundbeck, we are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health so every person can be their best. Headquartered in Copenhagen with a U.S. home office in Deerfield, Ill., Lundbeck is the only global pharmaceutical company focused solely on brain diseases. Our legacy in neuroscience goes back seven decades and we have a long heritage of innovation. Lundbeck has developed and commercialized some of the world’s most widely prescribed therapies for psychiatric and neurological disorders. Today, we remain uncompromisingly committed to improving the quality of life for people impacted by brain disorders.  Lundbeck is unique from other biopharmaceutical companies in that we are 70 percent owned by a research-focused foundation.  We have a deep and productive pipeline, and we continue to bring forward symptomatic therapies to help people live better lives, while simultaneously pursuing disease-modifying treatments.



The Research Associate In Vitro Screening and Biochemistry will contribute to the identification and development of novel small-molecule drugs and support Lundbeck’s CNS discovery programs. The successful candidate will work in multidisciplinary teams to discover new therapeutics, collaborating with biologists and medicinal chemists to select molecules for further in vitro characterization and to identify trends in structure-activity relationships.



  • Integral member of a team providing screening support for the validation of novel CNS targets and the development of first-in-class drugs.
  • Perform in vitro pharmacological characterization of new small molecule drug candidates using enzymatic gel-based and substrate-based screening assays.
  • Utilize mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to evaluate the effects of compounds on endogenous small molecule metabolites in target tissues or cells.
  • Responsible for analyzing, interpreting and presenting data to project teams.



  • BS or MS degree in Biology or related science discipline
  • 1-3 years of lab/bench experience in a scientific academic and/or scientific industry setting
  • Laboratory experience/skills in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology  
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Both effective team player and strong individual contributor, flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks and deliver high quality results under tight timelines.



  • Experience with SDS-PAGE, fluorescence and absorbance assays, or cell culture 
  • Experience with mass spectrometry 
  • Experience with data analysis software including Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism




Lundbeck is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employement opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation. Lundbeck participates in E-Verify. 

Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best. 

An estimated 700 million people worldwide are living with brain diseases and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.

Our approximately 5,000 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing and sales. Our pipeline consists of several late-stage development programs and our products are available in more than 100 countries. Our research center is based in Denmark and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 18.1 billion in 2018 (EUR 2.4 billion; USD 2.8 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.