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TSR is a relationship-based, customer-focused IT and technical services staffing company.

For over 40 years TSR, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, TSR Consulting Services, have prospered in the Information Technology staffing business, earning the respect of companies both large and small with well refined candidate screening, timely placement, and a real understanding of the right skill sets required by our clients.

Mission & Vision

We do not believe in building a vision around the company but building a company around our vision, which is simply;

Every employee’s voice matters, their effort is appreciated, and their talent is rewarded.

We challenge each employee daily, to raise the bar on how we treat our consultants and candidates. For far too long in this industry, candidates have been ghosted, lied to, or placed at a client and then forgotten about. Each day our staff works tirelessly at qualifying and placing, top talent with our clients, in a compassionate and caring manner.

Not every candidate is a match for the job, but every candidate and consultant will be treated with respect and professionalism.

Research Scientist

Job Description

  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #77268

Our client, a leading pharmaceutical company, is hiring a Research Scientist on a contract basis.

Work Location:
San Diego, CA – 100% on-site

Knowledge/Skills Required/Education:

  • Ph.D. in cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, or equivalent field with 1 year of post-doc or industry experience, or M.S. degree with 3 years of experience, or Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry developing and optimizing cell-based assays, preferably in Oncology
  • Strong background and experience in cancer research with training in molecular and cell biology
  • Extensive experience using multi-parameter flow cytometry in the context of primary immune cell isolation and characterization is required.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture, molecular and cellular technologies (e.g., CRISPR/Cas9 knock-in/out, lentiviral transduction, western blotting, quantitative PCR,) and functional assays (e.g., proliferation, apoptosis, cell cycle) is essential.
  • Experience in utilizing platforms including IncuCyte, JESS, Flow based cell sorter, ELISA, and MSD in the context of oncology-based drug discovery is a plus.
  • Strong record of high-impact and rigorous science though publication history.
  • Proficiency in scientific data analysis programs including GraphPad Prism, FlowJo, Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint, is required.
  • Capability to deliver high quality data in an organized and timely manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic team environment; flexibility to adapt to changes with a positive attitude and independently collaborate across teams, requiring excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with strong interpersonal skills.


  • Utilize and develop multiple disease models to design target validation studies and relevant assays in support of SAR, mechanism of action, mechanisms of resistance, biomarker selection, and disease positioning.
  • Develop and implement cell-based assays to address both tumor intrinsic cellular biology and immune-based mechanisms of action for potential drug candidates.
  • Design and conduct essential mechanistic experiments in cell biology, cellular biochemistry, molecular biology, and assay development.
  • Accurately maintain written reports and present results in an organized and timely manner.
  • Communicate effectively, foster teamwork, and contribute to collaborative efforts.
  • Strong commitment to quality and demonstrating adaptability.

Pay Range: $53-$53.50

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