Senior Scientist, mRNA Cancer Vaccines

Highly Competitive Salary
  1. Permanent
  2. Senior/Director & VP, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry
  3. United States
Boston, USA
Posting date: 27 Apr 2021

Proclinical is currently recruiting for a Senior Scientist of mRNA Cancer Vaccines for a global pharmaceutical company located in Boston, MA. As the Senior Scientist, you will work in the state-of-the-art laboratory and be responsible for experimental development, execution and data analysis for preclinical research studies supporting cutting edge therapeutic mRNA vaccine research and precision immuno-oncology therapeutic development.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute experimental bench work to build up neoantigen vaccine and therapeutic mRNA platform
  • Design and execute neoantigen peptide identification and production
  • Design and optimize DNA constructs for in vitro mRNA production, candidate screening and lead selection
  • Design and conduct in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, safety and efficacy studies
  • Collaborate with internal and external collaborators
  • Performing data analyses and delivering data presentation to the scientific team
  • Ensuring maintenance of industry-quality records to provide documentation
  • Contribute to high impact research publications/patent applications and regulatory filings

Skills and Requirements:

  • PhD + several years experience in mRNA chemistry/biology; nanomedicine; nucleic acid pharmacology; synthetic nucleic-acid-based vaccines, immunotherapy, oncology or related discipline
  • Deep knowledge in mRNA biology and clinical applications of mRNA therapy
  • Deep knowledge in tumor biology, immunotherapy, and neoantigen vaccinology
  • Hands-on experience in neo-antigen identification and production
  • Hands-on experience with various molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA operations, in vitro transcription for mRNA synthesis, quantitative PCR, RT-qPCR, branched DNA assay, ddPCR, expression vector design, NGS, shRNA and miRNA
  • Hands-on experience in mammalian cell cultures, cell-based assays and immunological assays for drug research and development
  • Familiar with and willing to work with rodent tumor models
  • Outstanding problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized
  • Must be capable of working independently as well as in a collaborative/group environment
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong commitment to accountability with can-do attitude for completion of projects in accordance with team plans and timelines

If you are having difficulty in applying or if you have any questions, please contact Max Robinson at (+1) 617-903-7746 or

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