senior research scientist - los angeles, CA | Biospace
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senior research scientist


los angeles, CA
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Full time
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Areas of Expertise Desired:
Biology Research, Biomarker, Cell Culture, Protein Scientist, Scientist Molecular Biology,

Job Description

Vasgene Therapeutics is seeking Immunologists and Molecular Biologists at all levels for positions at our research facility in Los Angeles, adjacent to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC Health Sciences Campus.  Vasgene is focused on development of novel cancer biotherapeutics and is engaged in phase I/II clinical trials for its lead biologic for treatment of a range of cancers.
Construction of expression vectors. Generation of proteins in mammalian cells. Single cell cloning and selection of clones with high titer.  
Generation of rodent monoclonal antibodies including screening hybridoma arrays, and in antibody/protein engineering including expression in mammalian cells.  Experience with a broad range of assays involving different human cell types including gene expression, immunohistochemistry, FACS, immune cell assays and other cell-based assays will be an advantage.  
Construction of expression vectors. Generation of stable cells. purification of expressed proteins. Functional studies of expressed proteins in biochemical and cell based assays.
Assays for protein analysis including but not limited to ELISA, HPLC, protein-protein interaction.
Preparation of protein antigens for immunizations including generating fusion proteins and cell lines expressing surface antigen.  Generation of hybridomas from immunized rodents and screening of hybridoma arrays for antigen binding, cell binding and other properties.  
Cloning of antibody genes and expression in mammalian and other cell types.  Modification of antibody genes, for example for humanization and generation of single chain antibodies.  Testing of antibodies in different assay types including binding, in vitro and in vivo assays, and immune cell assays especially with T cells.  
Input into publications, patents and regulatory submissions, and participation in internal and external scientific meetings.


Basic Qualifications:
Doctorate degree and at least two years’ research experience.  Track record of achieving definitive and identifiable research goals including inclusion in publications and/or patents.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with ability to work independently and as part of a dedicated research team with goals to develop new cancer therapeutics and biomarkers to improve treatment of patients with solid tumors.
Vasgene Therapeutics is dedicated to discovering new therapies for cancer and building on the pioneering discovery of inhibitors of EphB4-Ephrin B2 interactions for treatment of a range of cancers.   The Company is located in the USC hospital environment where multiple clinical trials of new cancer drugs are ongoing providing a source of inspiration to patients, clinicians and scientists.  Jobholders will have the opportunity to experience this unique environment and to shape the next generation of discoveries to help cancer patients around the world.