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Research Associates – Preclinical Research & Cancer Biology

Research Associates – Preclinical Research & Cancer Biology (JLBRA) Montana, USA

Overview: Research Associates will conduct hands-on experiments in the in vivo efficacy, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics with a wide variety of cellular biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry approaches. This position requires the ability to complete scientific and technical tasks independently on aggressive timelines, to troubleshoot technical issues, and to work as part of a team on multiple projects with changing priorities. Attention to detail, exceptional oral and written communication, and strong computer and instrumentation skills are required. Exact title and responsibilities will be commensurate with experience.


  • Perform sample preparation and analysis with ex vivo tissues for assays (histology, protein, RNA, and DNA analysis)
  • Coordinate with Scientific teams to achieve company objectives, specifically through the execution of experimental designs with limited supervision. Must be self-driven
  • Independently conduct novel investigations into biochemical pathways as they apply to drug development
  • Contribute to the adaptation of existing assays and development of novel assays that comply with standards required of preclinical in vivo studies
  • Independently and creatively troubleshoot technical problems and perform ordinary/extraordinary equipment maintenance
  • Record and maintain accurate research documentation and perform initial analyses to identify non-conforming data points and/or interpret outcomes
  • Coordinate with contract research organizations and collaborators in the execution of critical procedures
  • Assist in collecting and organizing study documentation from multiple researchers, such as notes, observations, and data, and enter them into a central database
  • Prepare written summaries of data for peer review, and clearly communicate data at scientific presentations in departmental meetings
  • Proactively support lab function by ordering and maintaining reagents and supplies
  • Maintain organized data and records
  • Assist with operational management of the laboratory including procurement as well as interface with collaborators and external research teams
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including maintenance and transfection of mammalian cell lines
  • Prepare, process, and retain documentation required to maintain DEA-controlled substances license


  • Bachelor’s degree in cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field
  • 2+ years of relevant laboratory experience in an academic or industrial setting; at least 1 year of experience performing in vivo experiments following IACUC protocols
  • Experience in histology and immunodetection methods in cells and tissues
  • Extensive experience with aseptic/sterile technique, specifically for microbiology and mammalian cell culture
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and data analysis software
  • Experience with animal tissue and blood samples for DNA, RNA, and protein isolation
  • Experience and comfort working with BSL-2 agents using appropriate procedures


You can contact me directly at or 605-705-4867