Research Associate, Platform Biology (2-month contract)

Location
South San Francisco, California
Posted
Feb 21, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Contract

CytomX Therapeutics is unlocking the potential of antibody therapeutics in oncology by developing a novel therapeutic antibody class of highly targeted Probody™ therapeutics. The current opening offers an opportunity to lead the integration of immune target biology and bioanalytical assessment of Probody™ cancer immunotherapies toward clinical investigation in a fast-moving and dynamic R&D environment.

We seek a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Platform Biology team. The successful candidate will work as a bench scientist and participate in efforts supporting the development of therapeutic Probodies.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work on designing and executing experiments to support the efforts of the Platform Biology group across multiple areas of expertise including histology/IHC-based techniques, capillary electrophoresis, FACS, phage display.
  • Follow established protocols, as well as develop and apply new protocols as needed.
  • Troubleshoot assay performance and sample testing as needed.
  • Utilize literature to increase knowledge base and implement improvements.
  • Interpret and analyze data, helping to incorporate results into overall scientific projects.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency, scientific creativity, independent thought and the ability to collaborate with others in a team fashion.
  • Maintain vendor relationships, service contracts, and interactions with CRO’s.

Qualifications

  • B.S., or M.S. in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years of wet lab and/or histology experience.
  • Experience in tissue sectioning (frozen and FFPE) and IHC/IF assay development, screening of antibodies for immunostaining.
  • Must be thoroughly competent in all aspects of the novel method development, optimization, validation, and troubleshooting.
  • Additional cell culture, tissue/cell staining imaging and image interpretation experience is desirable. 
  • Expertise in protease biology and phage display is a plus.
  • Be open to and capable of learning new skills efficiently.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and flexibility to align daily work with project needs are crucial.