Research Associate

Interface Biosciences is a platform therapeutics company leveraging the microbiome to treat inflammatory disease. We are driven by the conviction that microbial products will define the future of therapeutics and how we study human health and medicine. Given the previous technological limitations of high throughput culturing and metabolomics for human derived microbes, the chemical space remains largely untapped with enormous potential. The pipeline Interface Bio is built upon alleviates this bottleneck and specializes in three key components: 1) culturomics for growing microbial isolates and small communities, 2) metabolomics of microbial supernatants to create feature sets of microbial natural products, and 3) systems immunology to screen for disease-relevant pharmaceutical scaffolds.

We are seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and collaborative Research Associate to join our Palo Alto based team and help run experiments and manage lab maintenance for our drug discovery pipeline. As part of a small, collaborative company, you will work elbow-to-elbow with the founders to curate novel microbial chemical libraries and high-throughput drug screens. In this role you will be critical to defining the culture and scientific trajectory of our early-stage biotech startup, and the next generation of therapeutics. This role offers firsthand experience of being part of a biotech startup and enormous opportunity to grow as a scientist. Every member of our team must be self-motivated and results-driven, an ability to thrive in dynamic and fast-paced environments, and a deep love for the microbiome and biotech innovation.

General job tasks include but not limited to:

  • Run high-throughput immune cell assays
  • Assist with microbial culturing and running LC-MS
  • Manage inventory and ordering of lab supplies

Desired skills and experience

Prior experience not necessary if willing to learn

  • Experimental lab experience
    • Accurate pipetting
    • Sterile culture technique (flame and tissue culture)
    • Organization of high-throughput experiments
  • Excellent communication skills to relay results, ideas, and process to our team in an accurate and efficient manner
  • Demonstrated growth mindset and internally driven initiative to meet deadlines, optimize high-throughput work flows, and grow a new company.


  • A M.S. or B.S. in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology or other related field with 1-2 years of relevant experience
    • Experience in pharmaceutical drug development a huge plus.


  • Competitive salary with yearend bonus and stock options
  • Moving stipend
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Traditional 401(k) retirement plan
  • Flexible time off (at least 2 weeks/year required)

For more information, please email with a resume or CV and cover letter. Interface Biosciences is committed to hiring the best talent from diverse backgrounds to create an ecosystem of innovation that is rich in creativity, discovery, and world-class science.  We are an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.