Research Associate II/III, Neuroscience


Exicure, Inc.


Skokie, Illinois



Exicure, Inc. is seeking an experienced associate to join its expanding preclinical neurology department. This highly visible position is suited for a self-motivated individual who: i) possesses a strong background in preclinical in vitro biology, and ii) thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for executing and analyzing experiments as a member of an interdisciplinary team focused on developing and advancing central nervous system (CNS) programs. Prior experience with nucleic acid therapeutics and/or neuroscience is strongly preferred.


  • Develop assays for novel targets, including protein and gene assays.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute in vitro and ex vivo experiments.
  • Manage a small team of technical associates.
  • Gain experience and build proficiency with new techniques and assays.
  • Adhere to and/or improve current laboratory and experimental standard operating procedures.
  • Analyze, interpret and communicate data internally and to external collaborators. 
  • Function in a team environment by effectively collaborating within and across departments.


  • Bachelor’s degree with three-plus years of relevant laboratory work or master’s degree in neuroscience, cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field.
  • Experience coordinating the daily work-flow of a small team is preferred.
  • Strong expertise in mRNA and DNA isolation (cells/tissue) and quantification techniques.
  • Knowledge of antisense, siRNA or related therapeutic approaches is a plus.
  • Experience with basic biochemical techniques, including western blot and ELISA.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.