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Research Scientist, T-Cell Immunology

Arvinas Inc.
New Haven, CT
Start date
Nov 25, 2022

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Immunology
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Pharm Country
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Job Details

Arvinas is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leading the way in targeted protein degradation therapeutics. Arvinas is the first company to focus solely on protein degradation and its platform technology is the most advanced in the field. Since its founding in 2013, Arvinas’ PROTAC® Discovery Engine has been driving the most significant breakthroughs in the industry. Arvinas’ pipeline encompasses a range of validated and undruggable targets in oncology, immuno-oncology, and neuroscience. This includes three clinical-stage programs: bavdegalutamide (ARV-110) and ARV-766, which are being developed as potential treatments for men with late-line metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer, and ARV-471, which is being developed as a potential treatment for patients with breast cancer.

#TeamArvinas is made up of more than 350 passionate and curious employees, whose diverse thoughts and perspectives are highly valued. Arvinas employees embrace the freedom to pursue innovation, think creatively, and give back. They are driven by the company’s values and purpose – to improve the well-being of patients and families impacted by the devastating diseases Arvinas is working to treat. It’s an exciting time to be in drug development and it’s an exciting time to be at Arvinas. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what Arvinas employees are saying. For more information, please visit


Position Summary

This position in the Immuno-Oncology Group (IO-IMM) at Arvinas is laboratory-based and requires strong experimental skills, and the ability to effectively partner with team members to deliver quality data in support of early drug discovery efforts.

This position reports to Research Investigator of IO-IMM and will be located at our headquarters in New Haven, CT.


Principal Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, execution, and data analysis of experiments
  • Employ T cell and NK cell-based methodologies (T cell function, Treg suppression, T cell exhaustion, T cell killing, NK cell proliferation, NK cell mediated killing etc.) to characterize compounds’ effects on function, pathway modulation, and cell sensitivity across different research programs
  • Collaborate with senior scientists/project leaders to develop, and subsequently run, novel primary immune cell functional assays
  • Interact and collaborate with IO-IMM and Chemistry team members to contribute to drug discovery and development program progression
  • Manage laboratory notebook, databases, and spreadsheets to effectively record and communicate results


  • General knowledge of immunology related to immunotherapy or autoimmune diseases
  • Demonstrated ability to design, QC, validate, and execute primary cell based in vitro functional assays is a key qualification for the position., as such, the candidate will be proficient in aseptic tissue culture techniques: mammalian cell culture, immune cell culture, cell lines, and primary human and mouse cell, enrichment and isolation, checking cellular viability and activation/proliferation assays. Cellular isolation and enrichment techniques such as Ficoll density centrifugation and magnetic bead-based isolation (e.g. AutoMACS, or magnetic separation) experience is a plus.
  • Proficient in Western immunoblotting, ELISA (MSD or Luminex based multiplexing a plus), and gene expression assays (DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, rt PCR)
  • Working knowledge of flow cytometry (DIVA platform experience a plus)
  • Excellent data handling and recording skills as well as oral and written communication skills
  • Organized and enthusiastic with demonstrated ability to work both independently to plan and execute experiments and collaboratively in a team environment


  • MS with 8+ years of industry or academic research experience or PhD in Biology or relevant discipline with 1-2 years of post-doctoral experience. Focus on T cell and/or NK cell immunology or immuno-oncology lab experience highly desired.


Arvinas is proud to offer a competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, and much more. To learn more about Arvinas, please visit

Arvinas is an Equal Opportunity employer   


At Arvinas, we’re leading the creation of an entirely new way to treat disease through therapies that target and degrade disease-related proteins. We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new therapeutics for cancers and other difficult-to-treat diseases. Our proprietary PROTAC® protein degraders, or proteolysis-targeting chimeras, work by harnessing the body’s own natural protein disposal system to degrade and remove disease-causing proteins.

Our leading programs are focused on high-value targets in cancer, including the androgen and estrogen receptors associated with prostate and breast cancers, respectively. Our hope is to unlock the full potential of PROTAC protein degradation by developing our own robust pipeline and by partnering with the world’s leading drug development companies.

Designed with health and wellness in mind, employees and their families are eligible for:

  • Medical, dental, and vision options, including a generous company contribution into an HSA
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • FSA, HSA, Healthcare, and Dependent Care accounts
  • Company provided life insurance and short/long-term disability coverage
  • Additional voluntary benefits including critical illness, hospital care and more

Central to our organization is attracting, retaining and engaging the best and brightest by sharing in the success of our organization:

  • Competitive salaries and an annual incentive program
  • 401K matching program with immediate vesting
  • Eligibility for long-term equity incentives upon hire and annually

We believe it’s important to relax, unwind and enjoy life’s moments:

  • Paid vacation
  • A year-end office closure
  • Observed company holidays
  • Paid sabbatical upon 5 years’ tenure

We’re really excited about the work we’re doing inside and outside of Arvinas, and think you will be, too. We take our work very seriously, but we also ensure we’re having fun while doing it. We embrace the freedom to pursue innovation, think creatively, and give back. We care about each other, celebrate our accomplishments, and rise up to encourage our colleagues through challenges. If you think one of these open positions might be a fit, we’d love to hear from you.

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395 Winchester Ave
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