Scientist I – Cell Biology – Contract

San Francisco, CA, United States
Dec 18, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated cell biologist to support Nurix's mission of targeting E3 ubiquitin ligases in the areas of oncology and immunology. The successful candidate will support early drug discovery efforts in oncology, immuno-oncology (IO) and inflammation. Responsibilities will include execution and analysis of in vitro cellular assays to support small molecule discovery efforts as well as new target identification and understanding of mechanisms of action. This individual will work closely with scientists within the group and present their findings to the department and project teams. The ideal candidate will be self-driven, eager to learn new techniques, highly organized and enjoys working in a creative and dynamic team environment. This is a 1-year contract role.

  • Ph.D. in cell biology, immunology or related field (Bachelor's or Master's degree with industry experience)
  • Hands-on experience in the development, optimization and execution of cellular assays applying multiple techniques including primary cell isolation, tissue culture, ELISA, flow cytometry, Western and multiplexing technologies (e.g. Luminex, MesoScale)
  • Demonstrated track record in functional assay development in oncology and/or immunology
  • Familiarity with primary cell tissue culture, molecular biology techniques, CRISPR engineering of cells and the use of siRNA/shRNA knockdown techniques to support mechanism of action studies for drug candidates and target identification
  • Ability to conceive, design and execute hypothesis-testing experiments that directly contribute to project success is essential
  • Detail oriented with excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Background in cancer cell biology required with previous experience in the ubiquitin-proteasome (UPS) system a plus

Fit with Nurix Culture and Values
  • Strong team orientation; highly collaborative; solutions and results-oriented focus
  • Strong scientific curiosity and initiative; hands-on and resourceful
  • Self-drive and enthusiastic with the ability to thrive in a dynamic environment


Nurix was founded by internationally recognized experts in the ubiquitin-proteasome (UPS) field and received its initial funding from leading life science investors Third Rock Ventures and The Column Group. Nurix recently entered into a multi-year collaboration with Gilead and Sanofi focused on developing bi-functional molecules to degrade protein targets as novel therapeutics. Additionally, Nurix has a strong internal drug discovery pipeline focused on oncology, immunology and inflammation. Nurix plans to advance two molecules into clinical trials in early 2021.