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Research Associate, Chemical Biology

Frontier Medicines
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Oct 26, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Frontier Medicines, located in South San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA, is a precision medicine company that has pioneered a powerful discovery and development platform designed to generate medicines against disease-causing proteins previously considered undruggable. We are deploying our technologies in chemoproteomics, covalent drug discovery, and machine learning to develop a pipeline of groundbreaking medicines against the most important drivers of disease. Our lead program targets both the activated and inactive forms of KRASG12C, a validated driver in a number of cancers that until recently has been undruggable. Our pipeline embodies our vision of boldly advancing science to defeat disease, starting with cancer.

Frontier medicines is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in the Chemical Biology team at our Boston location. The successful candidate is expected to have an excellent working knowledge of cell biology and high-throughput screening techniques. This position requires working as part of a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced drug-hunting environment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Contribute to hit identification and validation to ensure the development of a robust preclinical pipeline of impactful drug discovery programs.
  • Contribute to project teams and the preclinical development of lead assets to achieve project deliverables.
  • Effectively communicate with colleagues and stakeholders; create and present research updates and provide scientific input to team/company meetings.
  • Maintain a clear, detailed electronic laboratory notebook to document all experiments and findings.
  • Creation of cell lines containing mutant or tagged forms of proteins on various promoters (e.g. native and dox-inducible)
  • Cell culture for plate-based screening including viability assessment drug-treatment

  • Required
  • BS or MS in a biological science (biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology or related discipline).
  • Mammalian cell culture experience and associated technologies (knockdown, over-expression studies).
  • Experience with cellular and biochemical techniques such as luciferase assays, western blotting, and immunofluorescence/histochemistry.
  • Familiarity with siRNA and Crispr genetic perturbation methods
  • Experience with automation and liquid handling devices e.g. Echo
  • Incorporation of heavy metabolites and amino acids for pulse-chase type investigations and use of other custom cell-media formulations
  • Experience with patient derived cells, IPSCs, and 3D organoids a plus.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and technical writing skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, ability to learn new skills.
  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Preferred
  • 3-5 years of relevant post-graduate and pharma/biotech experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of accomplishments and publications in biology.

*Job title will be determined based on experience.

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