Title: Research Associate
Location: Summit, NJ 07901
Duration: 12 months contract
The candidate will work with our translational development team and independently contribute to the development and execution of laboratory experiments to understand the activity of compounds and drug combinations. This will include working with multiple myeloma cell lines and immune cells derived from healthy donors and multiple myeloma patients. The candidate should have enthusiasm for helping support clinical programs, have knowledge of immuno-oncology and signal transduction pathways and technical expertise in flow cytometry and molecular based assays documented by relevant publications and work experience. They should also possesses a strong understanding of the science behind ongoing experiments: the rationale, purpose and appropriate analytical methods to aid experimental design, troubleshooting and result interpretation.
• A Bachelor’s degree in the Life Sciences with 6+ years of hands-on research experience or Master’s degree with 3+ years experience in a research environment
• Experience with multi-parameter flow cytometry, tissue culture and working with PBMCs a must.
• Proficient with general skills of molecular cell biology, such as RNA isolation, RT-PCR, Western Blotting, ELISA/Luminex, and basic cellular assays (e.g. proliferation/apoptosis).
• Expierence in isolating T-cells and NK cells from PBMCs a plus.
• Experience with PowerPoint, FlowJo and GraphPad Prism software
• Communication and writing skills necessary to effectively convey data and interpretations with internal groups and at external meetings.
• Problem solving skills to resolve technical issues.
• Ability to manage time efficiently to meet project team deadlines and exhibit flexibility and adaptability to changing projects, work assignments and priorities.
• Solid understanding of scientific mechanisms and experimental techniques, with knowledge of signal transduction, immunology, cancer cell biology, drug discovery and translational medicine a plus.
The candidate will provide laboratory support by means of data generation and analysis for clinical trial biomarker strategies, publications and internal study reports. Responsibilities will include:
• Performing in vitro and ex vivo testing of compounds and monoclonal antibodies on immune cells and tumor cells to evaluate mechanisms of drug response and resistance, to identify pharmacodynamic markers and to develop rational drug combination strategies
• Performing in vitro co-culture assays with immune cells and tumor cells to assess drug effects
• Performing molecular and cell biological techniques including, flow cytometry analysis, RNA preparation qRT-PCR analysis, western blot, proliferation and apoptosis assays
• Participating in translational team meetings by presenting data and providing interpretation of experimental results
• Helping to cultivate a positive and productive working relationships with colleagues