Research Assistant, Preclinical Operations

Buffalo, NY, United States Full Time

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POSITION OBJECTIVE: As a Research Assistant you will work closely with Biology Lab and Medicinal Chemistry staff as a technical expert in molecular and cell biology in support of Athenex nonclinical development programs.


The successful candidate will aid in development of pipeline projects and clinical programs through execution of fundamental research utilizing cell and molecular biology techniques, including but not limited to, DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, protein analysis, cell microscopy, flow cytometry, cell viability assays, immunofluorescence, immunoblotting, ELISA, sterile mammalian cell culture, and generation of research cell banks.


You will develop applied screening assays to aid in IND candidate selection. Your research will support the translation of in vitro testing to appropriate preclinical species and models. Responsibilities will include design and coordination of in vitro screening assays and analytical methods, leading to technical writing of relevant regulatory documents. As a Research Assistant in early drug discovery, you will also contribute to program strategy through testing the synergy of proprietary compounds in combination with available anticancer agents. The novel research conducted as a Research Assistant would be complemented by knowledge of current oncology treatments.


Required Education and Qualifications

·        MSc degree in relevant scientific field

·        Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills

·        Experience with scientific graphing and analysis software (e.g., Excel, Sigma plot, GraphPad, etc.)

·        Understanding of biology wet lab techniques with experience managing data, writing preclinical research reports and protocols

·        Understanding of regulatory guidances

·        Preferred:

o   Laboratory management experience

o   Experience handling immortalized and primary cell cultures

o   Organization of experimental data and samples

o   Maintenance of GLP work environment

o   Resourcefulness, pragmatism, and independent work ethic

o   Can manage multiple projects under tight timelines working independently and collaboratively




Athenex is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. 


Athenex is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please notify HR and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.


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