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Scientific. Clinical. Software Engineering

Snr Research Associate

San Francisco Metro Area, CA

Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -062020-26882 Region: San Francisco Metro Area

Job Description


Use current/new techniques to address questions of drug mechanism-of-action, drug combinations and sensitivity/resistance, and develop/qualify new PD marker assays

Set up and utilize a wide range of in vitro oncology models

Design and execute experiments to characterize small molecule inhibitors

Interact with project teams and contract laboratories for design and oversight of molecular, cellular, and/or in vivo studies

May co-author non-clinical pharmacology study reports and scientific publications

Execute experiments independently and troubleshoot as needed

Interpret and discuss data

Keep current with literature

Communicate via email, meetings, and reports

Complete assignments that have an impact on functional goals


At least 3-5 years of post-college research experience in the field of molecular/cell biology, physiology, toxicology, translational development, pharmacology, or another relevant field

Industry experience in drug discovery or translational research in the pharma or biotech setting is preferred

Bachelor's degree required; MS degree is preferred

Ability to conduct experimental work independently, with accurate, detailed record-keeping

Ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple projects, coordinating in-house research with collaborative work

Ability to summarize and interpret scientific data in a clear, concise, and accurate manner

Extensive experience performing laboratory work, including handling cell cultures and performing analysis of DNA/RNA and protein samples using a variety of methodologies

Experience in the design and development of cell-based assays using various technologies

Experience in the following techniques - qPCR/RT-PCR, Western blotting, plate-based cell viability/apoptosis assays; flow cytometry and cell-cycle analysis - is a plus

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong problem-solving skills

Able to be flexible in case of changing priorities

Should have solid understanding of relevant scientific principles

Able to identify scientific and technical problems and potential solutions

Able to work independently and as a part of a team

Able to provide input into experimental designs

Able to interpret data/questions independently and articulate recommendations for resolution with strong scientific rationale

Able to recognize risks and develop contingency plan

Able to communicate well with peers and supervisors

Key contributor to collaborative efforts

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