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Scientist II (Tumor Biology)

Alameda County, California, US
Closing date
May 25, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Company Description

Every Exelixis employee is united in an ambitious cause: to launch innovative medicines that give patients and their families hope for the future. In this pursuit, we know our employees are our most valuable asset. After operating in the challenging biotech sector for 25 years, we have a proven track record of resiliency in the face of adversity. The success of our lead product has provided a solid commercial foundation allowing us to reinvigorate our research efforts, and grow our team in areas such as Drug Discovery, Clinical Development and Commercial.

As we expand our global partnerships and further reinvest in R&D to help us discover the next breakthrough for difficult-to-treat cancers, we're seeking to add talented, dedicated employees to power our mission.

Cancer is our cause. Make it yours, too.

Job Description

The successful and highly motivated candidate will evaluate the activity of small molecule inhibitors in cell-based assays for oncology drug discovery. Comfortable in a dynamic and energetic team-based environment, the ideal candidate will actively contribute to develop cell-based functional assays and problem resolving, reliably execute experiments, interpret, and analyze results. The ideal candidate will have good lab practices and be able to multi-task. This job will require the candidate to have good organization, communication, and teamwork skills as well as flexibility and versatility to meet tight deadlines in a dynamic, fast-moving environment.


  • Works independently to plan, design, and perform research experiments.
  • Analyzes and interprets scientific data under general supervision.
  • Maintains and operates scientific apparatus to perform research experiments.
  • May develop new methodologies and laboratory protocols in conducting general research duties within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Prepares and organizes data for presentation. Presents data and reports on project status at individual, group, and departmental research meetings.
  • Maintains familiarity with current scientific literature relevant to the research experiments or program.
  • Maintains laboratory notebook in a complete, consistent, and concise manner in accordance with company intellectual property policies and practices.
  • Adheres to good health and safety practices and compliance with applicable EH&S safety rules and participates in mandatory safety training programs.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • No supervisory responsibilities

  • BS/BA degree in related discipline and a minimum of one year of related experience; or,
  • MS/MA degree in related discipline and a minimum of zero years of related experience; or,
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with basic molecular and biochemical techniques (RNA, PCR, western blot, ELISA) and cell biology techniques (mammalian cell culture, siRNA, CRISPR/Cas9, phenotypic assays) are highly desirable.
  • Proficient in use of GraphPad Prism and MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Drug discovery experiences are highly desirable.
  • General knowledge of cellular, biochemical, and molecular techniques, theories, and practices.
  • General understanding of how the individual experiments fit within a larger research program to meet organizational goals.
  • General understanding and application of scientific principles, theories, and concepts in field of specialty and other related disciplines.
  • Complete understanding of the goals of the experiments and how they fit into the overall program.
  • Applies extensive scientific and technical expertise in area of specialty.
  • Ability to effectively capture data and results.
  • Strong communication skills, excellent work ethics, self-motivated and work effectively both in a team environment and independently.
  • Computer proficiency including MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel required.
Working Conditions
  • Environment: primarily working in laboratories or in office
  • Exposures encountered, such as hazardous materials, extreme cold.
  • Travel not required
Additional Information


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

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