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Research Associate, Pharmacology

San Diego Metro Area, CA

Posted: 08/26/2019 Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -082019-25504


We are seeking an experienced in vivo research associate to support the discovery and development of new drugs for oncology and immune-oncology indications. Ideal candidates must be skilled in animal handling (mice) including drug administration by multiple routes , tumor implanting and tissue harvesting and have extensive in vitro studies experience in the area of immunology and oncology. The candidate should have a good understanding of experimental designs, and be able to execute and interpret them with minimal amount of training and supervision. The individual should be very detail oriented in executing the experiments and in data acquisition and analysis. The candidate should be familiar with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and GraphPad prism and have excellent written and oral communication as well as interpersonal skills to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented drug discovery environment

The successful applicant will have a strong background in oncology and T-cell based immunological assays and will be able to design and execute a variety of in vitro assays primarily with immune cells and cancer cell lines. Successful candidate must be very familiar with flow cytometry, have hands-on experience with ELISAs, mesoscale, western blots, isolating DNA/RNA and qPCR. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with discovery project teams and scientists and to present his or her work at project team meetings and to the senior research leadership. Industry experience is preferred but not essential.


1. Bachelor s degree with 4 years industry experience or Master s degree in Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology or Immunology with 2 years industry experience.

2. Extensive experience with vivo studies that include measuring tumors, dosing animals (po, ip and iv), blood sampling, minor surgical procedures , tissue harvesting and tumor implanting

3. Experience with cell culturing, primary immune cell assays and immune-oncology assay is required.

4. A solid understanding of basic T-cell biology and general immunology.

5. Experience with flow cytometry

6. Expertise with a variety of cell-based assay technologies including antibody-based detection methods (e.g. Western, ELISA, MSD, Luminex, immunoprecipitation), cell imaging (immunofluorescence) and qPCR.

7. Excellent communication, presentation, collaboration and organizational skills are required as well as the ability to independently design, execute, and trouble-shoot experiments through completion.

8. Data analysis skills and experience with a variety of scientific software applications are required.

9. The successful candidate will be an ambitious self-starter, be motivated to apply his/her skills to meet diverse project needs, and enjoy working in a fast-paced dynamic team environment.

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