Senior Research Associate

About Ikena
Ikena Oncology is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that discovers and develops patient-directed, biomarker-driven therapies for cancer patients who need life-saving treatment, by understanding what drives their disease. Ikena is advancing five clinical, preclinical, and discovery programs. Ikena has entered into a global strategic collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb and raised capital from top tier investors OrbiMed Advisors and Atlas Venture.

Role Description
Ikena Oncology is seeking a highly talented and motivated research associate to join our Discovery Biology team. This individual will help drive the Ikena drug discovery engine and support translational medicine.


  • Perform mammalian tissue culture and standard cell biology protocols, such as: cell transfection, lentiviral production and transduction, western blotting and immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, expression analysis via qPCR, and proliferation assays
  • Prepare basic laboratory reagents and organizing master stock materials and maintaining inventory of related reagents and supplies
  • Design, optimize, and validate in vitro cell-based functional assays
  • Maintain accurate and complete electronic laboratory notebooks in a timely manner
  • Establish & update SOP documentation for all relevant processes
  • Adapt protocols from peer reviewed literature to support ongoing studies
  • Contribute to experimental design and assay development and the interpretation of results


  • BS with a minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience, or MS with 3 years of hands-on experience in molecular biology, cell biology or related fields. Industry laboratory experience preferred
  • Strong laboratory expertise pertaining to molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry
  • Experience with CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genomic editing is desirable
  • Experience with animal handling and working with in vivo samples is desirable
  • Knowledge of computer software and Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GraphPad and Prism)
  • Detail-oriented, with excellent organization and record-keeping skills
  • Capable of working both independently and in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to communicate results in written and verbal form

Personal attributes: team oriented, goal-driven, organized, highly collaborative, open-minded, data-driven, creative, persistent in the face of obstacles and uncertainty, flexible, self-aware of strengths and weaknesses, objective in the evaluation of data and strongly optimistic about overcoming obstacles.

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