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Research Associate, Biology

San Diego, CA

Erasca is a San Diego based biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing precision medicines for the benefit of patients with cancer. We are advancing multiple programs targeting biological drivers of cancer and are pursuing additional pipeline expansion opportunities through academic and biopharmaceutical collaborations. Our programs, currently focused on innovative discovery research, take novel approaches to shutting down certain oncogene drivers of solid tumor malignancies. The name “Erasca” has an important embedded meaning: it is a contraction of our audacious hope to “erase cancer” that drives our mission and everything that we do on behalf of patients with cancer.

Position Summary: 

As a member of the biology research team, this individual will focus on in vivo support to translational research efforts and generate nonclinical data packages that support Erasca’s mission of erasing cancer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Independently execute in vivo PK/PD/efficacy studies that support nonclinical and clinical stage oncology programs.
  • Administer small molecule compounds and biologics to naïve and tumor-bearing rodents (mouse and rat), measure endpoints such as tumor volume and body weight and collect biospecimens.
  • Grow and maintain cell lines for tumor implantation.
  • Follow study protocol, IACUC protocols, SOP and animal welfare policy in animal studies. Help maintain laboratory and supply inventories.
  • Available on weekends and holidays to support animal studies (e.g., animal dosing) when working from Monday to Friday
  • Have effective troubleshooting, problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively. Candidates must be flexible and have strong multitasking skills.
  • Collect, organize, and present scientific/technical data internally and in project team meetings.
  • Perform all duties in keeping with the Company’s core values, policies and all applicable regulations

Required Education and Experience: 

  • BS in Cancer Biology, Cancer Immunology, and Pharmacology or related field
  • Technician or Research Associate with at least 2-4 years’ experience on animal work in oncology field

Technical skills

  • In vivo skills necessary to validate and implement rodent oncology models including
    • Animal study preparation (e.g., ear tag and randomization using computer software)
    • Multiple routes of dosing (e.g., p.o., i.p., i.v.)
    • Measurement of subcutaneous tumor volume by caliper
    • Blood collection via various routes (e.g., tail vein, terminal cardiac and retro orbital)
    • Necropsy and collection of tumor/organs
    • Euthanasia/carcass disposal
    • Animal Husbandry and IACUC experience
    • Be able to assess and identify animal health issues and record daily
  • In vitro skills
    • Cell culture including culture of primary human cancer cells is required
    • Homogenization of tumor samples
  • Oncology in vivo experience is highly desired
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and Prism is required

Erasca, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of sex , race, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

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