Scientist--Cell/Tumor Biologist

3350 W Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Oct 07, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We are seeking an energetic, self-motivated, collaborative Scientist to join our research group dedicated to the discovery and development of novel oncology therapeutics.  The position initially will primarily support cell biology and tumor biology studies.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the foundational science and culture of a biotech start-up company backed by an experienced management team.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience in one or more areas of responsibility listed below, the willingness and drive to learn new technical skills, solid critical thinking and troubleshooting skills and the desire to witness and drive the growth of a new company from the ground up.  Title, compensation and scope of duties will be tailored to the successful candidate’s experience.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Cell culture and maintenance
  • Flow cytometry
  • SDS-PAGE and Western Blotting
  • RNAseq/ NGS
  • FFPE Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and Microscopy
  • Tumor biology, xenografts- cell-line derived or PDx
  • Immuno-oncology, syngeneic models
  • Data analysis and interpretation using standard methods and software (e.g. Prism, FloJo, Basespace, Galaxy etc.)
  • Work independently and collaboratively in a small team environment

Responsibilities may also include:

  • Creation of novel engineered cancer cell lines.
  • PCR, cloning and screening of recombinants
  • Protein characterization (affinity determination, competitive binding assays, epitope determination) by plate-based methods (ELISA)
  • Protein conjugation chemistry and QC


  • BS in cell biology, tumor biology, immunology or related science with 4+ years or MSc with 2+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Expertise in areas listed above
  • Tumor biology including cell line xenograft and/or PDX models in oncology setting.
  • Analysis of mechanism of action, immune cell profiling, or syngeneic models in immune-oncology setting.
  • Cell profiling/ identification by expression of gene signatures.
  • Excellent documentation, organizational skills and teamwork/communication skills are required.
  • Interpersonal/communication skills in embodying a collaborative, respectful, courteous, capable company culture