Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (In Vivo)

Redwood City, CA /
Operations /
/ On-site
Our mission is to extend the healthy human lifespan by one decade.

We are a well-funded, untraditional bio startup based in Redwood City. We believe the deeper, underlying causes of age-related diseases are the untreated mechanisms of aging itself. By focusing on the cellular drivers of aging, Retro will design therapeutics eventually capable of multi-disease prevention. Our main programs are in autophagy, blood plasma-inspired therapeutics, and epigenetic reprogramming. We’re building a mission-driven team of accomplished and kind individuals who embrace our startup culture of rapid iteration, transparency, and versatility.

We have an open position for an experienced In Vivo Research Associate / Senior Research Associate to establish and support a range of activities enabling our in vivo research and clinical development. 

Primary responsibilities:

    • Perform basic and advanced biomethods including blood collections and dose administration
    • Establish and perform physical and behavioral assays (Y-maze, open field etc.)
    • Perform tissue collections and processing
    • Assist or perform sterile surgical procedures
    • Participate in experimental design and planning, colony management and breeding programs.
    • Assist in analyzing and interpreting the data
    • Assist in general lab management as needed – lab stock, chemical inventory, safety records, reviewing and writing operating procedures and study protocols


    • BS degree in biology, veterinary science, or a related field (or equivalent experience)
    • 3+ years of performing a variety of in vivo experiments involving rodents
    • Experience breeding and maintaining rodent colonies
    • Experience managing and supporting a research lab 

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Certifications: ALAT, LAT, LATG and/or RVT
    • Surgical assisting and/or working knowledge of aseptic technique, rodent anesthesia/analgesia
    • Experience running behavioral assays in rodents.

You may be a good match for this role if:

    • You are conscientious, observant, detail-oriented, and take excellent notes
    • You can balance multiple priorities, appreciate the big picture, and solve problems
    • You embrace the process of adapting to new and changing situations in a startup environment
    • You are happy to jump in and help with any task that comes your way and enjoys working on a team
    • Are committed to maintaining high standards for animal welfare
    • You communicate clearly and proactively
    • You are aligned with our mission