Scientist, Cellular Immunology

TITLE AND CLASSIFICATION: Scientist, Exempt

REPORTING LOCATION: Rockville, MD

REPORTS TO: Director of Immuno-Oncology Research

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:  Aids in conduct of scientific projects related to ex-vivo assay development for the Research and Services of Champions Oncology.  Manages in vitro studies and troubleshoots as necessary.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Formulate and implement effective strategies without immediate direction when:
    • Managing scientific studies related to Cellular Immunology Research and Services of Champions Oncology.
    • Designing, conducting in vitro studies, analyzing data and presenting results
    • Consulting on and/or managing studies for collaborators and clients
    • Conducting other R&D as needed
  • Provide regular updates to Director of Immuno-Oncology Research and other internal personnel.
  • Communicate with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as necessary.
  • Assist with regulatory and sponsor audits of the facility and studies.
  • Design studies, interpret and report results for ImmunoOncology R&D within established timelines
  • Serve as in-house expert in cellular immunology assay development
  • Maintain research collaborations through active engagement
  • Develop laboratory protocols and SOP
  • Train internal staff or external collaborators on scientific processes
  • Maintain knowledge and subject matter expertise as relates to Immuno-Oncology scientific advances as well as competitive intelligence
  • Present data, compose manuscripts & prepare posters/presentations at national/international meetings or symposia in support of business objectives
  • Establish and maintain cross-functional team interactions to achieve R&D objectives
  • Assist with other tasks/duties as needed in a small company environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • This position requires reasoning, scientific, mathematical, writing, and language skills at a post graduate or equivalent level. Lucid conceptualization skills are also required.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the field of cellular immuno-oncology
  • Hands on execution of in vitro studies with human immune cells and human tissue samples, including patient derived xenograft tumors and their derivatives
  • Demonstrated experience in human immuno-oncology cellular assay development, including proliferation, cytotoxicity, cytokine production and migration
  • Expertise in plate-based, flow cytometric and imaging-based assays
  • Experience in design and analysis of 8-12 color flow cytometric experiments
  • Ability to analyze data, construct graphs and generate both detailed and executive summary reports.
  • Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with laboratory management and other laboratory personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and communicate scientific data to internal and external colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and productively in a team-oriented environment while maintaining a strong sense of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Possess creative problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound and accurate judgment in making timely decisions.
  • Possess superior planning, organizational, computer, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to network and negotiate effectively.
  • Ability to be flexible and assist with other tasks/duties as needed in a small company environment
  • Demonstrated accountability and responsibility for own work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree in immunology, oncology or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the field of cellular immunology and/or immuno-oncology
  • Demonstrated experience with in vitro assay development

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Must be able to sit and use hands to finger, handle and feel.
  • Must be able to lift and move packages weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time using a computer in a typical office environment in a multi-level facility
  • Some activities require repetitive motion and reaching, pulling or pushing.

This job description may be changed to include new responsibilities and tasks or change existing ones as management deems necessary.