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Walking Fish Therapeutics (WFT) is a development-stage, privately-held, biotechnology company discovering and developing innovative cell-based therapeutics. Using its novel, cell-based discovery platform, WFT is building a strong pipeline of oncology and regenerative medicine drug products. WFT is using cell-based therapy to deliver therapeutic payloads into diseased tissue thereby minimizing systemic toxicity and allowing delivery of locally acting factors. WFT has multiple patents for cell-based engineering and delivery technologies. The WFT team includes experienced researchers excited about our new approach to the treatment of severe diseases. WFT offers generous medical, dental and vision insurance benefits, a 401(k) plan, and a flexible time off policy plus company-observed holidays.


Research Associate II-III, In Vivo Pharmacology

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Research Associate to support our in vivo preclinical group. The in vivo preclinical group develops and implements models of cancer and regenerative disease which are used to evaluate the activity of cell therapy products from target validation through early clinical development. This work includes elucidating efficacy/PK/PD relationships, screening to select clinical development candidates, and studying the mechanism of action of cell therapy drugs in vitro and in vivo, using disease-relevant models.


The primary responsibility of this position will be to evaluate the efficacy and mechanism of action of novel cell therapy therapeutics using in vivo disease models, ex vivo and in vitro assays. The successful candidate will contribute to model development and optimization, study design, and independently execute in vivo studies, maintain experimental records, analyze data, and prepare study reports and presentations.


The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Life Sciences, Biology, Pharmacology, or related field with a minimum of 3 years experience in oncology, immunology and in vivo pharmacology studies
  • Strong rodent animal experimentation skills, including drug administration by multiple routes, blood and tissue collection, and surgical techniques is required
  • Broad in vivo pharmacology background with expertise in either cancer or tissue regeneration models is required
  • Experience with in vitro cell biology with proficiency in mammalian tissue culture, cell-based assays, flow cytometry and ELISA is highly desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communication and organization skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with commonly used data analysis programs
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and values being part of a friendly and highly collaborative team

Senior Research Specialist-Scientist I, Immunology and Cell Engineering

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Scientist with a background in immunology and cell engineering and an interest in cell therapy to join our collaborative team of scientists. Using our Engineering Platform, the successful candidate will create and employ engineered cells designed to home to specific tissues and deliver therapeutic proteins locally. The ideal candidate will have a strong immunology background and experience working with primary cells and setting up cell-based functional assays to measure cytokine release, cell proliferation, and cell signaling as well as experience measuring cell therapy outcomes in animal models.


In addition to lab work, this initial position will assist with lab organization. As part of a multidisciplinary team of biologists, pharmacologists, and immunologists, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to carry out independent and cross-functional teamwork, apply critical thinking and generate reproducible, high quality data to inform development of Walking Fish’s next generation cell therapy platforms.


The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. scientist with 2+ years of post-degree industry or academic experience in immunology, or B.S. or M.S. in Life Sciences, Biology, Immunology or related field with significant industry experience
  • In-depth knowledge of immunology and cell biology with expertise in either cancer or tissue regeneration models is required
  • Experience in cell biology with proficiency in primary mammalian cell isolation and tissue culture, cell-based assays, and multi-parameter flow cytometry is required
  • Familiarity with genetic engineering of primary immune cells using viral based strategies is highly desirable. Experience with culturing conditions and experience with characterization of engineered cell function using in vitro assays including cytokine/chemokine production, proliferation and cell signaling is highly desirable
  • Assist in the design of new cell therapies and assist in in the design of murine models and experiments to evaluate genetically modified cell function in vivo
  • Excellent oral and written communication and organization skills. Present scientific rationale, key data, issues and accomplishments to other members of the scientific team
  • Highly organized, detailed documentation of experimental procedures
  • Strong computer skills, including commonly used programs: GraphPad Prism, Excel, PowerPoint, FlowJo
  • Candidate values being part of a friendly and highly collaborative team