Scientist II, Research Biology

Location
San Francisco, CA, United States
Posted
Dec 08, 2018
Ref
3408-360-2018
Hotbed
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

The Non-Clinical PK department within Nektar Therapeutics is seeking to hire a highly motivated and experienced Scientist II.

Conceives experimental strategies and leads and participates in the design and conduct of experiments in biological systems to characterize and validate novel targets and test efficacy of potential therapeutics to prioritize them for further development in a variety of disease areas. Possesses knowledge of relevant experimental biology techniques, possibly including: molecular biology techniques, in vitro binding, biochemical and cell- based assays, cell culture, pharmacologic dosing, disease model testing, PK and metabolism methodologies. Participates in technology development in the area of in vitro assays, cell biology or in vivo testing. Interprets, communicates experimental findings and documents according to approved Nektar policy. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories, and develops and analyzes new product concepts by reviewing preclinical and clinical literature. May lead discovery teams, as necessary. Mentors and guides junior scientists and may manage research associates.

This position contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.Works on complex problems in which analysis of data requires evaluation of various factors. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Normally receives no instructions on routine work, general instructions on new assignments and may provide guidance to other lower level personnel. Synthesizes multiple data sources and draws general, non-obvious conclusions. Defines problems, develops approaches and develops experiments with sound judgment with minimal supervision. Uses professional concepts and scientific knowledge to contribute to the development of company concepts and principles to achieve objectives in creative and effective ways. Acts as a principal investigator in conducting own experiments. Participates in the development of patent applications. Interfaces with various departments, customers and partners. Puts work practices in context with larger team. Coordinates activities with other team members. Writes complex reports and protocols. May assist with implementing organizational systems, identifying capital equipment, and projecting near-term resource requirements. May lead a small group, providing training as needed, and ensures adherence to company policies and quality requirements.

A PhD in a scientific discipline is required. Equivalent experience may be accepted. A minimum of 4 years work experience in a research and/or development environment is required. Post-doctoral work may serve as experience. Exceptional non-PhDs with demonstrated capabilities and/or significant experience may also be considered. Must be able to demonstrate success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought. Must be current in field, while able to demonstrate expert knowledge in scientific principles and concepts. Must be able to clearly communicate scientific information both written and oral with minimal assistance. Must be able to compose sound written work with no assistance. Must possess good oral & written communication skills. Must be able to demonstrate sound judgment. Must be able to demonstrate problem solving capabilities. Strong organizational skills are required. Good computer skills are required. Working knowledge of MS word, Excel, Power point is a plus. Experience working in an FDA regulated environment and knowledge of current GMPs as they apply to laboratory practices are highly desired. Previous supervisory skills are a plus. Must be willing to work as part of a team. Must be able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.