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Research Associate, Pharmacology

Oncorus, Inc. is an early-stage biotechnology company developing a next-generation immunotherapy 
platform to treat cancer. Oncorus was founded by MPM Managing Director, Mitchell H. Finer, PhD, a 
well-known biotechnology entrepreneur. Oncorus is a leader in corporate philanthropy, and has taken 
a pledge to donate a portion of product sales to fund promising cancer research and to support 
cancer care in the developing world. We are located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.

We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative candidate for the role of Research Associate, 
Pharmacology. Reporting to the Senior Director, Pharmacology and Toxicology, this is a fantastic 
opportunity to make a significant impact as a scientifically motivated self-starter capable of 
independently conceiving, conducting, and critically analyzing his/her own work with minimal 

Day to Day Accountabilities and Opportunities

  • Plans and executes in vitro and ex vivo pharmacological assays to assess the activity of novel  oncolytic viral therapies.
  • Works independently and determines methods and techniques on new or difficult assignments.
  • Participates in all phases of laboratory operations including experimentation, technology evaluation, cell-based assay and sample preparation methods, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Effectively collaborates with colleagues in molecular biology, CMC and immunology to prioritize and plan experiments.
  • Participates in group meetings and presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.

Previous Experience

  • BS/MS in a biological science is required.
  • A minimum of 2-5 years of research experience in an academic or industry environment.
  • Skilled in standard molecular and cell biology techniques such as cell culture, ELISA, qPCR, Western blotting, etc.
  • Hands-on experience with cloning and viral replication experiments is a plus.
  • Must be able to write, edit and follow standard operating procedures, make careful observations, and keep clear and complete records of work.
  • Prior research experience with in vivo mouse tumor models is a plus.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • A scientifically motivated self-starter, capable of independently conceiving, conducting, and critically analyzing his/her own work with minimal supervision
  • A strong presenter and communicator, with the ability to work in a fast-paced and team- oriented  environment
  • Someone who thrives on making a difference, as well as living with some ambiguity and change as we get off the ground
  • Someone who gets excited by a lean organization and never says or likes hearing “that’s not my job”
  • Someone who enjoys a transparent, respectful and innovative environment


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