Research Scientist II (Immunology)

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About Us:

iota Biosciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma US, is a medical device company pioneering bioelectronic solutions across a range of medical therapies and diagnostics. Bioelectronic medical implants are the start of an entirely new form of medicine, treating chronic diseases through non-pharmaceutical mechanisms not previously accessible to clinicians. iota’s core proprietary technology stack leverages ultrasonic energy to communicate with and power custom implantable devices, enabling completely new clinical approaches to treating diseases. At iota Biosciences you will be given the opportunity to substantially influence the design and success of these pioneering Class III medical implants, as the company expands the reach of its novel technology while bringing new solutions to the clinic.

iota Biosciences, Inc. was acquired by Astellas Pharma US in November 2020.  Astellas Pharma US, Inc. is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., a top 20 global pharmaceutical research company.  Astellas is committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families.

iota Biosciences is based in Alameda, California. For more information, please visit

Preclinical Research Scientist II

As a member of the Diagnostics and Therapeutics Development team, the Preclinical Research Scientist II will support active oncology and immunology research projects. This role will leverage basic research knowledge and skills to support research activities aimed at further characterizing our novel therapeutic effects and testing the functionality and safety of our novel devices in large and small animal models. This is a full-time, on-site position.


  • Perform a broad set of bioelectronic medicine activities, from optimizing surgical procedures for chronic animal models to the design and testing of stimulation paradigms

  • Work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to examine opportunities for further characterizing and optimizing therapeutic effects

  • Maintains in-depth scientific knowledge in relevant therapeutic areas

  • Collects, analyzes, and communicates data collected from preclinical studies

  • Be a highly self-motivated individual contributing to and leading various bioelectronic medicine activities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with 2+ years research experience in biology, oncology, or immunology

  • Experience with molecular and/or cell-based assays or histopathology

  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Comfortable with the scientific process, from experimental design to data synthesis

  • Willingness to learn various subdomains related to the project at hand

  • Willing to travel frequently for activities at external sites

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a relevant field (e.g. – Biology, Oncology, Immunology, Pathology) with 4+ years of research experience

  • Experience in independently optimizing experimental methods and assays

  • Experience working in interdisciplinary environments and building relationships with key external partners

  • Experience with data analysis and visualization using software packages such as JMP, LabView, MATLAB, or Python

Salary Range:

$115k -125k (NOTE: Final salary could be more or less, based on experience)

Company Benefits:

iota offers a very competitive benefits package that includes the following:

  • 100% employer paid Anthem Platinum PPO or Kaiser Platinum plans, as well as dental, vision, and ADD. Iota covers dependents at 100%.

  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

  • EAP

  • 401k plan – matching contributions equal to 100% of your deferral contributions up to 5% of your eligible compensation.

  • Bonus Plan

  • Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP)

  • 4 weeks of vacation, 2 floating holidays, and 9 Company paid holidays



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EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans