Careers 2018-02-15T10:05:48+00:00

Careers at ViaCyte

ViaCyte employees are part of a professional team focused on creating and commercializing cell therapies for diabetes. ViaCyte provides a positive and collaborative work environment where ideas are welcomed and respected. This dynamic atmosphere has contributed to valuable research discoveries and encourages fun, enthusiastic and active participation in the company’s success.  ViaCyte is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries, benefits and exciting opportunities for career development and growth.

Job Openings

Company Overview

ViaCyte is a privately-held regenerative medicine company developing novel cell replacement therapies as potential long-term diabetes treatments to achieve glucose control targets and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and diabetes-related complications.  ViaCyte’s product candidates are based on the derivation of pancreatic progenitor cells from stem cells, which are then implanted in durable and retrievable cell delivery devices.  Once implanted and matured, these cells are designed to secrete insulin and other pancreatic hormones in response to blood glucose levels.  ViaCyte has two product candidates in clinical-stage development.  The PEC-Direct™ product candidate delivers the pancreatic progenitor cells in a non-immunoprotective device and is being developed for type 1 diabetes patients who have hypoglycemia unawareness, extreme glycemic lability, and/or recurrent severe hypoglycemic episodes.  The PEC-Encap™ (also known as VC-01) product candidate delivers the same pancreatic progenitor cells in an immunoprotective device and is being developed for all patients with diabetes, type 1 and type 2, who use insulin.  ViaCyte is also developing immune-evasive ‘universal donor’ stem cell lines, from its proprietary CyT49 cell line, expected to further broaden the availability of cell therapy for diabetes and other indications.  ViaCyte is headquartered in San Diego, California.  The Company is funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and JDRF.  For more information on ViaCyte, please visit and connect with ViaCyte on Twitter and Facebook.

Position Description

The Senior Research Associate will provide support in our histology core facility for the purpose of assessing tissue and medical device histopathology.  Primary duties will include processing samples for paraffin and occasionally frozen sectioning, performing stains such as H&E and trichrome, analyzing samples using confocal or brightfield microscopy and producing digital images.  In consultation with the department manager, other duties will include performing histological assessments of tissue morphology and graft-host responses, and immunohistochemistry staining.  Additional responsibilities include maintaining a centralized tracking system for clinical and R&D samples received, performing routine equipment maintenance, and keeping an inventory of supplies and reagents for use in the histology core facility.

Our dynamic workplace is attractive to those who are self-motivated and resourceful.  You will be expected to set priorities within your job scope and to meet critical deadlines.  Flexibility to handle rapidly changing objectives and timelines is essential.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field and a minimum of five years of histology experience.  HT/HTL ASCP certification is desired.  An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the job duties may be accepted.

Hands-on experience performing the duties listed above is required (processing, sectioning, H&E staining, IHC, and microscopy).  Experience with high throughput digital scanning, autostaining, and analytical software is preferred.  Experience working in a GLP/GMP compliant environment is also highly valued.  A general understanding of cell biology, developmental biology, or molecular biology is helpful.  Candidates must be skilled in Windows and Microsoft Office.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

Application Procedure

For submission by e-mail, attach your resume and cover letter as a Word or PDF file. In the Subject line, reference Job Code 2018-1 and your full name.  Send to  Our mailing address:  ViaCyte, Inc., 3550 General Atomics Court B2-503, San Diego, California, 92121.


It is the policy of ViaCyte to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, ViaCyte will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

ViaCyte’s goal is to increase representation of women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Our programs are designed to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, directives and regulations and cover all human resource actions including employment, compensation, benefits, training, education, promotions and social/recreational programs.