Scientist, Translational Innovation Platform - ImmunoOncology

Posted 16 May 2019

Billerica, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 192268



A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 51,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.


Your role:

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting ongoing preclinical research in immuno-oncology (IO) drug development. The incumbent will also be responsible for advancing existing and new programs in the IO pipeline.

  • Drive early drug discovery projects by designing and conducting in vitro immunoassays
  • Identify, develop, and optimize new methods to generate reliable and reproducible data in a timely manner
  • Focus on immune readouts (i.e., FACS-based immunophenotyping, T cell activation assays) that can be incorporated into an early clinical development setting
  • Independently execute designed experiment plans and interpret study observations
  • Document all study results in the form of lab notebook reports and, as needed, contribute to the authorship of regulatory submission documents
  • Communicate findings at project teams
  • Facilitate productive interactions with other functions outside of Immuno-Oncology and stimulate cross-functional ideas for immunotherapeutic approaches
  • Be comfortable working independently as well as collaborate effectively on complex projects.
  • Keep abreast of cutting-edge techniques that can be applied to concept discovery and drug candidate characterization


Who you are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Immunology or other related Science discipline with 3 plus years of experience or Master’s degree in Biology, Immunology or other related Science discipline minimum requirement
  • 3+ years’ experience with in vitro functional assays and multi-color flow cytometry (> 7 colors)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with 3+ years’ experience or PhD strongly preferred
  • Background in immunology, and specifically cancer immunology, is highly desired
  • Track record of scientific accomplishment in the advancement of new therapeutic concepts
  • Experience in developing cancer immunotherapeutic is highly desired
  • Understanding of immunological readouts and their translation into early clinical trials is a major plus
  • Experience with cell culture mandatory; experience with molecular or cell-based in vitro assays is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse team setting and collaborate effectively on complex projects
  • Must be able to troubleshoot effectively and think proactively
  • Solid publication record
  • Proficiency in data collection/documentation all study results in the form of lab notebook reports and, as needed, contribute to the authorship of regulatory submission documents


What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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