RESEARCH ASSOCIATE / SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY

Location
South San Francisco, California
Posted
Nov 16, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Compugen USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Compugen Ltd., develops therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of cancer.  Working closely with colleagues in Israel, we are advancing multiple programs targeting novel immune checkpoint inhibitors and immune modulators for reactivation of anti-tumor immune responses.  We’re seeking highly skilled and motivated employees who are looking for growth opportunities in a fast paced, startup-like environment.

SUMMARY OF JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to join our Immuno-Oncology team and participate in the development and characterization of therapeutic antibodies for cancer therapy. Responsibilities include development and optimization of cell-based assays for antibody screening and characterization. Proficiency in mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, and immunology-related assays is preferred. The candidate must be willing to expand his/her knowledge of biology and experimental techniques. In this position, the candidate will serve a critical role in the identification of lead antibodies and the discovery of novel drugs and their effects on target biology in the field of immuno-oncology.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS & ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Develop and optimize lymphocyte and myeloid cell-based assays for the identification and characterization of therapeutic antibodies
  • In a cross functional setting, execute antibody screening and characterization that will result in lead antibody identification
  • Play a key role in the development and enhancement of core technologies related to cellular assays
  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date understanding of oncology/tumor immunotherapy literature and methodology, as well as the literature related to specific antibody discovery projects by presenting data from high impact journal articles at team meetings
  • Prepare and organize data for presentation; present written and oral reports to the project teams, collaborators, and management
  • Collaborate with project leaders, prioritizing efforts to ensure timely progress in research projects

EDUCATIONAL  QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology or related field

EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 4+ years (Bachelors) or 2+ years (Masters) of relevant laboratory experience
  • Background knowledge in immunology and oncology
  • Biotech industry experience is preferred
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture and handling of primary immune cells
  • Prior experience with cell-based assays relevant to immunology or cancer drug development is a plus
  • Proficiency in flow cytometry and relevant plate and bead-based assay systems (ELISA, Luminex, etc.) is a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously

SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Thoughtful experimental design and comprehensive note keeping
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and activities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently and proactively to address/troubleshoot problems
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across functional areas
  • Excellent attention to detail, well organized, and self-motivated