Sr. Associate Scientist, In Vivo Pharmacology

La Jolla, California
October 08 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist
What You Will Achieve

We seek an accomplished Sr. Associate Scientist at the BS/MS level to join the Translational Sciences group within Oncology Research & Development (ORD), La Jolla, California. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of scientists, playing a leading role in the characterization of models of cancer and evaluating new drug candidates. Participate in pre-clinical drug discovery and development projects with a focus on targeted therapeutics, epigenetics and the tumor microenvironment. Characterize and develop small molecules in close collaboration with partner lines as an integral member of drug discovery teams. Evaluating anti-tumor effects of single agents or in combination with other modalities, employing and developing new cutting-edge in vivo cancer models and providing technical and scientific expertise in in vivo pharmacology to enable target identification, validation, prioritization and efficient drug discovery of small molecules in Tumor Biology.

Ideal applicants will have excellent communication and organizational skills, critical problem-solving abilities, and a commitment to excellence.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Assist/Conduct in vivo studies to evaluate and establish efficacy, PK/PD relationship, combination strategy, biomarker identification and analysis.
  • Interpretation, presentation and documentation of experiments.
  • Presentation of results within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Regularly read scientific papers and implement learnings in the study designs or project strategies.


  • BS/MS in Cancer Biology, Immunology or equivalent experience in a related discipline.
  • 3-6 years of laboratory work experience in academia or industry.
  • In vivo skills such as mouse handling, restraining, IV or PO dosing, or blood/tissue collections.
  • Ability to follow novel scientific or technological developments, and to implement them in the laboratory.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work productively in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, and diverse team environment.
  • Capability to contribute to a vivid and challenging intellectual environment.

  • Experience with in vivo models
  • Experience with tumor models
  • Some ex vivo skills such as FACS or Western blot

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