Cancer Research Institute
Remote/Flexible | New York, NY
Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is a leading New York-based nonprofit dedicated to the development of cancer immunotherapies—a novel class of treatments that direct a patient’s own immune system to find and attack cancer cells, anywhere in the body. Established in 1953, CRI has funded thousands of researchers who have pioneered many of the key discoveries that have led to the extraordinary cancer immunotherapies that are now saving patients’ lives around the world. The organization currently provides about $30 to 40 million to support the field annually, spanning the entire continuum of basic discovery through early-stage clinical development of novel cancer immunotherapies. CRI prides itself on its several prominent research programs which are both globally esteemed and innovatively designed to address specific unmet needs in the field and to foster novel modes of collaboration among the world’s top researchers. The organization has ~30 full time employees and is headquartered in downtown Manhattan in New York City.
The role offers this high-performing individual an opportunity to work in a well-capitalized nonprofit organization and to lead work that will have direct impact on the development of potentially curative treatments for all types of cancer. They will be able to collaborate with CRI’s scientific leadership as well as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and clinical trial management partners. The individual will also be able to stay on top of key immunotherapy trends and developments in oncology.
The Research Analyst will be an integral team member of one of CRI’s flagship programs, the Clinical Accelerator—a unique global collaboration of more than 80 of the field’s top clinical researchers and over 20 top biopharma companies designed to identify novel combinations of cancer immunotherapies that may hold transformational promise for patients. The program provides philanthropic investment and clinical resources to accelerate the clinical development of CRI-supported clinical studies.
Working closely with the Clinical Accelerator’s leadership, the successful candidate will be an integral part of the program’s scientific diligence efforts, including:
- Reviewing and evaluating scientific posters, publications, websites, and confidential preclinical/clinical data from companies
- Attending and reporting on scientific/industry conferences and medical meetings
- Monitoring clinical trial designs, drug development plans, and correlative research strategies
- Assisting in generating new, field-wide analyses that will help guide the evolution of CRI’s overall program strategies
- Assisting in updating the Clinical Accelerator’s IO landscape database and publication of the update
- Assisting in completing ad hoc consulting assignments
- Collaborating with team members and partners on the publication of research in leading academic or trade journals as well
Professional experiences of successful candidates:
- An advanced technical degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) in immunology, cancer immunotherapy or relevant cancer research field is required
- 2+ years of postdoctoral or industry experience in cancer immunology or immuno-oncology is highly preferred
- An advanced, deep, and current understanding of the basic and clinical science of cancer immunology, exemplified by outstanding publications
- Strong analytical skills, e.g., excellence in self-guided research, proficiency in statistics, skillful in Excel and other equivalent data analytical tools or software
- Experience with data science (e.g., Python, R, SQL, or equivalent) is highly desired
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively either in a team or independently
- A high degree of proven written and verbal communication skills
- Must be comfortable in a hands-on, self-guided, and self-started work environment
- Must be able to work effectively with timelines and high workloads, and have a level of sophistication that would be typical of research analyst/healthcare consulting roles in for-profit companies in healthcare industry
- Previous exposure to clinical drug development or clinical studies is a plus but not required
- Previous exposure to life science diligence, investments, intellectual property, and regulatory matters is a plus, but not required
Personal characteristics of successful candidates:
- Motivated by CRI’s mission to turn cancer into a curable disease
- Loves to brainstorm collaboratively and thrive in a team environment
- Comfortable solving complex problems proactively and autonomously
- The highest standard of professionalism
- High work integrity with attention to details
- A collaborative, personable, and adaptable personality
- Comfortable working regularly with off-site colleagues/clients over email, phone, or other remote technologies
Cancer Research Institute is prepared to offer the successful candidate a competitive compensation package that includes base salary, free health insurance, generous retirement benefits, and performance-based bonuses, similar to those from for-profit organizations.
This position is for a full-time employee based in CRI’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan in New York City. CRI staff are currently working remotely and the return to work plan is still being developed, but it is expected to be implemented in Fall 2021.