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Senior Associate Scientist, Cancer Biology

Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Redwood City, California, US
Closing date
Jun 10, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those arent words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. Youll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

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. Read more:

When you join BMS, you are joining a diverse, high-achieving team united by a common mission.

The Tumor Microenvironment Thematic Research Center (TME TRC) is focused on developing therapeutic targets at the intersection of tumor, stromal and immune biology within the TME with the goal of enhancing responsiveness to checkpoint blockade and targeted therapies. Comprised of scientists across multiple disciplines, we are responsible for the biology and translational science necessary to support drug development from target identification through to first-in-human studies.

Position Summary:

This opportunity is for a Senior Associate Scientist level position, who will join the Cancer Biology research team within the Tumor Microenvironment Thematic Research Center (TME TRC) at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) in Redwood City, CA, and aid in the advancement of early-stage therapeutic targets at the intersection of tumor genetics and immune biology. This team is composed of experts in tumor-intrinsic biology, functional genomics, and immuno-oncology who develop therapies that leverage the interplay between the host and tumor. Our mission is to provide transformative therapeutics to cancer patients that improve response rates and durability to this challenging disease.

Position Responsibilities:

In the role as a Senior Associate Scientist within the TME TRC Cancer Biology Discovery team, the ideal candidate:
  • Is a highly motivated, interactive, and creative individual who possesses the ability to work across a highly matrixed environment to advance preclinical drug development programs from target identification/validation through IND enabling activities.
  • Designs and executes experiments based on protocols.
  • Analyzes and interprets experimental data.
  • Works within established procedures and in loosely defined problem-solving situations.
  • Makes decisions that require choosing between limited alternatives to resolve problems of varying levels of complexity.
  • Actively participates in troubleshooting of routine problems and initiatives to develop or improve new approaches/technologies.
  • Coordinates activities with other team members to achieve results.

Experience =

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors Degree
    • 4+ years of academic and/or industry experience

  • Masters Degree
    • 2+ years of academic and/or industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strongly prefer B.S. with 4-7+ years or M.S. with 2-5+ years of experience in cancer biology or cellular and molecular biology. Industrial experience and/or scientific knowledge of immunology/immuno-oncology is preferred.
  • Capable of independently executing experiments, troubleshooting, and performing data analysis.
  • Capable of learning and improving new techniques/approaches/technologies as the needs during a project evolve.
  • Requires hands on experience with aseptic cell culture and basic biochemical and molecular biology assays (western blots, ELISA, PCR, qPCR, Incucyte, cytotoxicity assays).
  • Experience with cell line engineering, flow cytometry, processing of primary human/mouse samples, and primary immune cell functional assays is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of or exposure to assay development and assay cascades to identify and optimize drug candidates is a plus.
  • Requires proficiency in utilizing software such as GraphPad Prism, Microsoft Office etc. for data analysis and figure generation.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate, communicate and interact effectively with colleagues within the group and cross-functionally. Will participate on project teams, as needed.
  • Requires attention to detail with excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
  • This is a laboratory-based position in Redwood City, CA. There will be less than 10% travel.

The starting compensation for this job is a range from $79,000.00$110,000.00, plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility).

The starting pay rate takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed.

Final, individual compensation will be decided based on demonstrated experience.

Eligibility for specific benefits listed on our careers site may vary based on the job and location. For more on benefits, please visit our BMS Career Site.

Benefit offerings are subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans then in effect and may include the following: Medical, pharmacy, dental and vision care. Wellbeing support such as the BMS Living Life Better program and employee assistance programs (EAP). Financial well-being resources and a 401(K). Financial protection benefits such as short- and long-term disability, life insurance, supplemental health insurance, business travel protection and survivor support. Work-life programs include paid national holidays and optional holidays, Global Shutdown days between Christmas and New Years holiday, up to 120 hours of paid vacation, up to two (2) paid days to volunteer, sick
time off, and summer hours flexibility. Parental, caregiver, bereavement, and military leave. Family care services such as adoption and surrogacy reimbursement, fertility/infertility benefits, support for traveling mothers, and child, elder and pet care resources. Other perks like tuition reimbursement and a recognition program.




If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesnt perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as Transforming patients lives through science , every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

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

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.

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