Agenus

RA/SRA

US-MA-Lexington
Job ID
2017-1296
Category
Research

Overview

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to join a group of researchers evaluating novel targets for therapies in the field of cancer immunotherapy. The successful candidate will have a strong background in immunology, molecular biology and/or oncology research. He/She will work closely with discovery scientists to advance research stage programs into early clinical development, providing both scientific and technical expertise. The successful candidate is expected to have experience in a range of cell biology techniques including: multi-parameter flow cytometry, cell cultures and functional assay development; which is complemented by their experience in general molecular/biochemical methods. He/she is expected to design, plan and execute experiments both independently and as part of multidisciplinary team of researchers. The successful candidate will have the ability to interpret results, troubleshoot technical hurdles and propose solutions to the team. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required for this position.

Responsibilities

  • Carefully plan and execute experimental work in an organized manner within agreed timelines
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of other research associates
  • Contribute to the continual improvement of research protocols within the group
  • Seek to optimize and standardize current assay protocols, and propose/evaluate alternative assays/methodologies/technologies
  • Provide clear/concise data summaries in a variety of project team forums
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical documents, project report summaries, laboratory protocols and other compliance documents.
  • Keep abreast of current research literature related to their project(s)

Qualifications

We are seeking an individual who is enthusiastic, self-motivated and has exceptional problem solving and communication skills. Applicants should have at least a MS degree in immunology, oncology, biology or related field. A minimum of 2-3 yrs experience with immune cell assays and flow cytometry, as well as general molecular/biochemical assays are required for this position. Experience with next-generation sequencing and genetic screens would be a plus. Evidence of an understanding in the principles and techniques employed to characterize antibody-based cancer therapies is highly preferred. He/She should enjoy working independently on project tasks, as well as on more collaborative experiments. Attention to detail, and the ability to maintain clear and accurate research documentation are required.

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