Scientist, Neuroimmune Discovery Research

Beltsville, MD
NextCure is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a competitive salary and benefits package
Jul 30, 2019
Neuroimmune Scientist
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

NextCure is seeking experienced, innovative and highly motivated Scientists with expertise in neuroimmunology and biological discovery research to join our growing team.  This position will focus on discovery and characterization of novel neuroimmune modulatory molecules at NextCure for the development of immunomedicines to treat patients with neurodegenerative diseases and other neurological disorders.  The scope of research centers around functional gene library screening utilizing our Discovery platform for Mental Illness and Neurodegenerative Diseases (FIND-MINDTM).  Design of functional screens, mechanistic studies for target validation, generation and testing of therapeutics, and translational studies are key responsibilities of the Scientist level position.  The selected candidate will work in a highly dynamic, proactive, multidisciplinary environment with the goal of rapidly moving novel biological immunomedicines to the clinic.  

• Work with a team of Scientists and Research Associates engaged in neuroimmune pathway discovery and validation
• Work closely with management and research teams to achieve objectives
• Planning, analysis and critical thinking regarding all aspects of NextCure Discovery research
• Maintenance of gene libraries, cell lines and other materials used for Discovery research
• Develop screening and validation methodologies for disease target identification and testing
• Design, execute, analyze, interpret and present mechanistic and disease relevant studies at internal meetings
• Utilize high tech equipment and automation for high throughput Discovery research
• Design and perform in vitro and in vivo studies in a range of disease and mechanistic models

• PhD in Immunology, neuroscience or related field
• Strong background in theoretical and bench research (5+ years)
• Experience preferred in autoimmunity, inflammation and/or neuroscience
• Experience in molecular discovery projects and high throughput methodologies/instrumentation
• Significant experience with both human and murine in vitro assays and in vivo experimental models
• Expert hands-on work abilities and skills in the laboratory setting
• Ability to independently perform, interpret and present experiments
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting to achieve company objectives
• Strong record of expertise and innovation that will support Discovery research at NextCure
• Proven track record of publishing, writing and presentation skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills