Associate Scientist, Cancer Biology

San Diego, CA US
Competitive Salary
Oct 15, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
Clinical, Research
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries - and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.


Summary/Scope:   The Epigenetics Center of Excellence at Celgene is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join the group. He/she will work on drug discovery projects focused on epigenetic targets, primarily in oncology. Specifically, the candidate will be expected to design, develop, and execute experiments that include new target validation, identification of biomarkers, elucidation of mechanism of action, developing and running assays for cell based screening and compound profiling.   Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Independently design, plan, and execute scientific experiments.
  • Analyze and interpret scientific data, troubleshoot, and suggest new directions.
  • Conduct established assays to confirm hits from primary screens and support SAR
  • Develop, trouble-shoot, and optimize new cell based functional and biomarker assays.
  • Design and develop small molecule library screens.
  • Accurately maintain written reports and organize data.
  • Present projects in team, department, and project review meetings.
  • Independently review current literature pertaining to oncology, epigenetics, transcriptional regulation, and related assays.

  • Qualifications



    Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with at least 6 years work experience or Master’s degree with at least 4 years work experience.


    Skills/Knowledge Required: 
    • In-depth knowledge of cancer biology. Familiarity with cancer stem cells and epigenetic mechanisms is highly preferred.
    • Experience in drug discovery.
    • Experience in developing and running cell-based assays, analyzing screening data, and contributing to hit confirmation efforts.
    • Experience in molecular and cell biology techniques including cell culture, transfection and transduction techniques (overexpression and silencing), viability assays, functional/phenotypic assays, real time PCR, immunoblotting, and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays. Experience with ChIP-sequencing is a plus.
    • Proficient in the development of stable cell lines. Knowledge of CRISPR technology is preferred. 
    • Experience in immunocytochemistry is a plus
    • Highly motivated, capable of multitasking, intense attention to detail, and innovative.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and is able to think creatively and solve problems. 


    Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.


    Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.