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South San Francisco, California, United States
Senior Scientist, InVivo Pharmacology
Pathology/Nonclinical Development

At Lyell, our vision is to develop curative cell-based immunotherapies for solid tumor cancers.  We have innovative science originating from our founder’s world class labs and a unique and disruptive approach to research and development. Our company is first and foremost focused on understanding the science.  We are a learning organization, dependent on deep collaborative relationships between our colleagues, partners, and founders.  Our culture is based on Science, Respect, Collaboration and Courage, and it reflects who we are and the environment we are creating.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a talented and motivated In Vivo Pharmacology group leader in the Department of Pathology & Nonclinical Development at Lyell. The successful candidate will lead and manage Lyell’s In Vivo Pharmacology core group and manage all aspects of in vivo studies internally as well as with external CROs. The candidate will collaborate closely with Lyell’s Research groups, as well as bioinformatics, flowcytometry, and pathology core laboratories to coordinate and conduct studies, plan and maintain project timelines, and interface with facility management to maintain a well-functioning vivarium facility. The ideal candidate will have experience in designing and executing various mouse tumor models assessing adoptive T-cell efficacy, mechanism of actions, and safety, and has solid experience in managing animal facilities as well as external partners. The successful candidate will display enthusiasm, teamwork, mentorship, and scientific excellence and become an active scientific thought leader within Lyell’s Research division.

Essential Functions:

  • Design, execute, and oversee Lyell’s in vivo pharmacology studies conducted internally as well as at external CROs, in collaboration with the Research groups and core function laboratories at Lyell
  • Implement new, innovative in vivo pharmacology and biomedical imaging models to study efficacy, mechanism, and safety of Lyell’s novel T-cell therapeutic products
  • Analyze, interpret, and present in vivo pharmacology study data in research project team meetings
  • Ensure timely and accurate collection of study data in various database and ELN, and generate high quality in vivo pharmacology study reports for external publications and regulatory filings
  • Manages a group of experienced research associates, study timelines, and resource allocations 
  • Collaborate with the manager of vivarium operations to maintain a well-functioning vivarium that anticipates the needs of its users and Lyell’s research organization
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable environmental, animal welfare, IACUC, and other regulations, protocols, and policies, and practice of 3R principles

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong and up-to-date understanding of comparative immunology, T-cell biology, and translational animal models of adoptive cell therapies for solid tumors
  • Strong experience with assessing adoptive T-cells (CAR-T, TCR-T cells) in translational animal models (e.g., syngeneic, xenogeneic, & humanized mouse models of solid tumors)
  • Experience with complex animal models (e.g., orthotopic & transgenic mouse models of solid tumors) and advanced bioimaging platforms such as Pekin Elmer IVIS® Spectrum and Quantum® GX mCT systems
  • Proved record of successful management, mentoring, and career development of research associates and scientific staff, and management of vivarium, and external CROs
  • Experience testing and interpreting PK models of small and large molecules, and ability to apply to PK analysis of adoptive T-cell therapy

Preferred Education:

  • PhD with minimum of 5 or 8 years of relevant experience (including post-Doc) in Immunology, Oncology, or related field

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Strong collaboration, project management, data analysis and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in data analysis using Prism®, FlowJo®, FCS Express®, Excel® or equivalents 
  • Proficiency using office software such as Microsoft Word® PowerPoint® or equivalents to generate reports and presentations
  • Proficiency using in vivo study data collection and management software such as Overwatch® and BioVolume®

At Lyell, we believe that highest performing teams include people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences who respectfully challenge each other. We are committed to building an open, diverse, and inclusive culture for all employees.

Lyell is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state, and local laws.

The Company complies with all laws respecting equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants with regard to any protected characteristic as defined by federal, state, and local law.  This position requires you to work onsite at the Company’s facilities and the Company requires that all employees working in its facilities be fully vaccinated (except as required by applicable law).  Therefore, this position requires you to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.  The Company considers you fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since you received either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccine must have been FDA approved, have emergency use authorization from the FDA, or, for persons fully vaccinated outside of the U.S., be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

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