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Research Associate

Research Associate

We make it GmbH is a company operating nationally in Switzerland, which has a high level of competence in the personnel services sector thanks to many years of successful experience.

Concentration of placement activities on the core areas of industry, technology, office/administration, engineering, pharmaceuticals and IT. We make it GmbH places the highest demands on quality, ethics and discretion.

For our client an international pharmaceutical company based in the region Basel we are looking for a Research Associate.


Research Associate



The company translates world-class science into medical innovation through a diversity of technologies and talents located across five research centers worldwide (Innovation Center Basel, Penzberg, Welwyn, New York, and Zurich). We are seeking an exceptional, highly motivated, and talented Research Associate to join our cancer biology team focused on the discovery of novel anti-cancer agents. You will be a member of the Molecular Targeted Therapies (MTT) group located at Innovation Center Basel working in a team of approximately 30 cancer biologists supported by Small Molecule Research (SMR) and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PS) functions to evaluate candidate therapies in state-of-the art molecular, cellular and in vivo pharmacology laboratories. The group you will integrate is focusing on the development of innovative small molecules in oncology and immuno-oncology. You will be in charge of the development and the implementation of assays enabling the validation new potential targets and the characterization of small molecule inhibitors in cell lines and primary immune cells. The perfect candidates have hands on experience in biomedical research laboratories within the pharmaceutical industry rather than experience in academic research. Candidates with a PHD might be
overqualified for this role. The hiring managers are looking for a motivated biologist with excellent scientific, communication and organizational skills, fully committed to team effort but able to work in an independent fashion.


Task and Responsibilites:

  • Address fundamental scientific questions, be responsible for the design and execution of experimental work and conduct data analysis.
  • Ability to perform tissue culture is a must.
  • Will routinely perform and is proficient in molecular and cell biology methods (RNAi, qRT-PCR, stable line generation, growth assays, western blotting, ELISA, Incucyte imaging)
  • Perform, optimize and analyze assay data using 96/384 well microtiter formats.
  • Develop and run in vitro immune cell assays (e.g. T-cell tumor lysis assays, T-cell proliferation assays).
  • Characterize compounds in different cellular assays.
  • Coordinate and manage multiple orthogonal studies.
  • Share knowledge by enthusiastic collaboration with other scientists and associates inside and outside the group.
  • Attend and present at internal meetings.
  • Keep accurate electronic records.
  • Possible: Manage interns and/or apprentices.


You must have these qualifications

  • BSc/MSc in a life science discipline (e.g. cell biology, immunology) or completed Roche apprenticeship 
  • At least 2 years of experience in a biomedical research laboratory 
  • At least 2 years of experience with cell culture 
  • At least 2 years of hands-on experience in applying a wide range of molecular biological and cellular  methods (cell culture, RNAi, qRT-PCR, cloning, transient/stable cell line generation, immunoblotting, ELISA).
  • Familiarity with standard lab equipment and IT tools is required 
  • Ability to conduct and document original research in an independent fashion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required


Nice to haves:

  • Experience in compound screening in cell-based assays is a plus
  • Experience in cancer biology and/or drug discovery is a plus
  • Prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry would be a plus
  • Experience with imaging systems (Incucyte, Operetta) would be a plus



Are you interested?

Then Mr. André Amstad will be pleased to receive your application for confidential inspection. Please apply at or by mail. For preliminary clarifications by telephone, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0844 844 040.

Region Basel
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