Research Associate, Vivarium (Job Code #VIVRA) at FLX Bio
South San Francisco, CA, US

FLX Bio is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel drugs that will improve and prolong the lives of people with cancer. The company is led by a group of seasoned researchers from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and is supported by several of the nation’s premier life sciences venture capital firms. The company is located in the San Francisco Bay area, in the heart of the world’s largest biotechnology research hub. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, including aggressive participation in the growth of the company in the form of stock option grants.





Works cross-functionally with multiple teams within the organization to achieve goals

Perform rodent dosing and blood collection to support pharmacokinetic (PK) studies

Proficient with intravenous, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal dosing as well as oral gavage

Experience with intratumoral dosing a plus

Knowledge of rat cannulation a plus

Conduct testing of anti-tumor agents in laboratory mice

Experienced with a variety of syngeneic and xenograft tumor models

Proficient with tumor cell injections; knowledge of orthotopic tumor models is a plus

Experienced with surgery procedures and harvest of various mouse tissues

Measure tumor size in laboratory mice

Monitor health of laboratory mice as specified by supervisors and staff veterinarians

Adhere to animal welfare rules and regulations as instructed by supervisors and vivarium managers

Light husbandry duties as required

Maintain and complete documentation of all study procedures and data in an electronic laboratory notebook

Willing to split weekend and holiday hours with peers on a rotational basis

Able to perform occasional physical labor involving lifting weight up to 50 pounds



Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related discipline with training in handling of rodents

AALAS certification highly desired (LAT, LATg)

3-5 years of hands on experience with laboratory rodents and experience with pharmacokinetic studies and/or mouse tumor models is required


Proficiency in the following:

Dosing routes (IV, PO, SC)

Tumor implantation (SC, orthotopic)

Blood / Tissue collections (RO / various organs and lymph nodes)

Ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

Organized and disciplined about record keeping, with proficiency in Microsoft Office

Able to perform occasional physical labor involving lifting weight up to 50 pounds

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Strong organizational skills, motivated to excel, attentive to detail, and can be efficient working alone or in a group environment