Bench Scientist I - HTS in San Diego, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 11/9/2018

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Job Description

The (Compound) Sample Logistics is a small team that is part of the Biochemistry group and Tumor Cell Biology department in the Oncology Research Division of our client. They are seeking a Scientist in the La Jolla, CA area!


  • Support general laboratory functions in the compound management group that facilitates the preparation and distribution of research drugs from synthesis to the scientists.
  • Responsibilities are general bench work activities such as solubilizing compounds to specified concentrations and volumes, managing orders for compound supply, and using automated equipment to transfer and distribute compounds. 
  • Several software applications control the compound workflow, inventory and lifecycle tracking.
  • The role will also require maintaining inventory of lab supplies, and preparing containers for off-site shipping.  Must be able to stand & walk around for several hours. 
  • Responsibilities include recording in-coming compound inventory with barcode entry into the Titain software system. cMosaic software informs what to do with the compound, such as solubilization. 
  • Compounds are solubilized with 100% DMSO to specified concentrations and volumes using a Tecan liquid handling instrument controlled by cMosaic software. 
  • Compounds are transferred to storage for future use in a Hamilton Tekcel, or processed further with the Tecan or Bravo liquid handlers.
  • Compound order inventory is managed with CART software & translated to cMosaic to process orders.
  • The orders are processed for the scientists as per specification into assay plates (96-well, 384-well) and an email notification is sent to the scientist.
  • Assay plates receive a barcode label and sealed for delivery.
  • Some compounds are packaged for off-site delivery in dry-ice shipping containers with appropriate paperwork.
  • Other responsibilities are to maintain inventory of lab supplies with electronic orders placed through Ariba.
  • Rinsing empty, glass 4L containers of DMSO will also be required to support proper disposal as recyclable waste.


  • A bachelor of science, and/or prior work in a laboratory setting is required. 
  • Knowledge of the drug discovery process and chemical synthesis of compounds is desired, but not mandatory.
  • Highly organized with an ability to specifically follow instruction. Motivated to perform well and provide a quality product to scientists. Attentive to details.
  • Basic math proficiency (algebra) such as computing compound concentration and dilution factors to achieve desired concentration. 
  • Experience with automated equipment such as liquid handlers that pipette solutions is advantageous.
  • Ability to quickly learn new software applications.
  • Experience in high throughput screening (HTS) is beneficial

***For immediate consideration, please email your updated resume to with 'Bench Scientist La Jolla' in the subject line.

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