Scientist, Protein Production

Scientist, 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 in pursuit of a driven and enthusiastic Scientist to join our 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. Core laboratory responsibilities include downstream protein purification, analytical testing, and protein inventory management. Dependent upon experience and interest, there are growth opportunities to work within other functional groups. You will need to regularly summarize and present results to diverse audiences.


The role requires the ability to collaborate with colleagues in a cross-functional, intensely fast-paced team environment. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, innovative, resourceful, and flexible, with the ability to handle rapidly changing objectives and timelines. Experience in an industrial lab focused on protein therapeutics discovery/development is also desired. Candidates must have exceptional communication skills and a strong work ethic.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ph.D. degree in biochemistry/biological sciences or a related discipline with 0-3 years postgraduate experience
  • Experience in development and execution of protein purification processes utilizing ÄKTA/fast-flow chromatography systems and filtration-based technologies
  • General understanding of HPLC function and utility
  • Detail-oriented and innovative approach to experimental design, data analysis, and review
  • Strong analytical skills and problem solving ability
  • Honed organizational skills, enabling the execution of multiple activities in parallel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision and a high level of initiative

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.

For consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter referencing job (#163AM) to aTyr Pharma, Inc. is an EEO employer.