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Scientist/Senior Scientist - Cell Therapy Preclinical Biology

Bristol Myers Squibb
Seattle, Washington, US
Closing date
Jan 22, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Project Management, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time
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At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The BMS Immuno-Oncology and Cell Therapy Thematic Research Center is dedicated to research supporting development of novel cellular therapies. Our goal is to revolutionize medicine by re-engaging the body's immune system to treat cancer.

The Cell Therapy Preclinical Biology team is looking for a highly motivated immunologist to help us deliver on this critical goal.

Position Summary

The candidate will have responsibility for designing, performing, and communicating in vitro preclinical studies to support CAR/eTCR cell therapy research and development in the Immune Oncology and Cell Therapy Thematic Research Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and executing in vitro studies that identify and optimize T cell therapeutic candidates and for producing subsequent IND-enabling study reports. A strong background in T cell biology or immunology and an in-depth conceptual understanding of tumor-associated T cell biology are required, and experience in synthetic biology (especially related to receptor biology and/or genetic circuits), gene editing, and/or genomics/proteomics are desirable. Activities include in-depth characterization of primary human T cell responses (cytokines, proliferation, cytotoxicity, etc.), comparison and optimization of novel binding elements, development of novel T cell engineering approaches geared towards tumor microenvironment evasion, cancer model development, and generation and analysis of data that support IND-enabling study reports.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

o Lead the pre-clinical development of novel CAR/eTCR T cell therapies, including identification of novel binding elements, integration of novel engineering approaches, and completion of mechanistic studies

o Develop rigorous in vitro cancer models with the goal of providing insight into the function of novel CAR/eTCR T cell therapies in in vivo contexts

o Identify and conceive of novel methods and tools for improving T cell engineering/characterization workflows and for improving the function of engineered T cells

o Apply extensive knowledge of T cell biology, including activation pathways, signaling pathways, and T cell differentiation, to assess and improve engineered T cell function

o Manage and/or coordinate project workflows

o Clearly communicate study design and data in verbal and written forms and in a timely manner

o Prepare high-quality data packages for internal team meetings, external scientific reports, patent applications, and Investigational New Drug applications

o Act as a functional mentor to team members, especially more junior colleagues

o Represent the project team/sub-team in meetings and work with collaborators, both external and internal


o PhD in immunology, immune-oncology, or tumor immunology with 0-6 years of successful postdoctoral or industry experience, or a BS/MS with extensive industry experience in immunology that would fit the job qualifications. Level consideration will be determined based on prior experience.

o Expertise in T cell isolation, transduction, and expansion and related cell culture techniques

o Experience with in vitro technologies typically employed to assess T cell functionality, including and not limited to MSD, IncuCyte-based assays, imaging and multi-parameter flow cytometry for immuno-phenotyping, and T cell activation and proliferation analyses

o T cell biology expertise, especially the ability to apply skills, experience, and theoretical knowledge from relevant literature to shape the scientific direction of and approach on projects.

o Skilled at recognizing problems and then recommending/developing appropriate solutions

o Self-motivation and the ability to focus/prioritize work and projects with project management-oriented thinking and a growth-oriented mindset

o Ability to work productively both as a team member and as an individual contributor

o Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to collaborate within cross-functional teams; skilled at listening to and coordinating with colleagues in a matrixed environment.

o Ability to conceptualize and communicate the broader impact of personal activities to other projects and teammates

Additional desired qualifications:

o Expertise in synthetic biology (especially related to receptor biology and/or genetic circuits), and/or gene editing, and/or genomics/proteomics is highly desirable.

o Strong quantitative and analytical skills are desirable, especially with respect to analysis and interpretation of complex datasets and/or biochemical mechanisms

o Expertise developing assays with CAR T or TCR T cells

o Expertise with high throughput screens, CRISPR screens, high-throughput functional T cell analysis, and experimental automation

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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