Cytokinetics is a late-stage, specialty cardiovascular biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and next-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which cardiac muscle performance is compromised. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact myocardial muscle function and contractility.

We are currently in search of a highly motivated Research Associate who possesses a strong passion for the field of Medicinal Chemistry, to become an integral part of our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will bring forth their expertise and enthusiasm to actively contribute to and enhance our ongoing efforts and initiatives in the realm of pharmaceutical research and development.


  • Under supervision design and synthesize next generation compounds by application of medicinal chemistry knowledge to the analysis of potency, DMPK, and off-target selectivity data
  • Accomplish the synthesis of enough designed target molecules and key intermediates with high productivity for biological, DMPK and in vivo studies
  • Summarize/interpret data and present findings in research meetings
  • Maintain detailed experimental records; Documents of experiments in the electronic lab notebook should be in full compliance with the guidelines established within the company and chemistry department
  • Use software infrastructure including Scifinder, ChemCart,,Spotfire, Stardrop and Moe to carry out daily research activities efficiently
  • Help maintain research lab productivity by adhering to outlined group responsibilities and safety procedures. Manage the medicinal chemistry group inventory; track and order the supply weekly
  • Attend and present posters at scientific /technical conferences; Contribute to scientific paper and /or patents


  • Senior Research Associate: S. with 5+years of related experience
  • Has experience maintaining lab equipment along with inventory levels of supplies
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to critically evaluate and interpret experimental data
  • Understands and acts on detailed instructions while also demonstrating initiative

Actual salary at the time of hire may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors, including, but not limited to, the candidate’s relevant qualifications, skills, and experience, as well as the service line and location where this position may be filled.

Salary Pay Range
$108,000$132,000 USD

Our employees come from different backgrounds, and we celebrate those differences. We are looking for the best candidates for our open roles, but do not expect applicants to meet every qualification in order to be considered. If you are excited about what you could accomplish at Cytokinetics and believe you can add value to our team, we would love to hear from you.

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Our passion is anchored in robust scientific thinking, grounded in integrity and critical thinking. We keep the patient front and center in all we do – all actions and decisions are in service of the patient and their caregivers. We champion integrity, ethics, doing the right thing, and being our best selves.

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Cytokinetics is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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