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Research Scientist, In Vitro

[ March 1, 2018 ]

We are seeking an outstanding scientist to help drive our research efforts in developing important, disease modifying therapeutics. This highly motivated and creative individual will work closely with a team supporting the discovery and characterization of new small molecule pharmaceuticals by creating/implementing and validating assays to advance our pre-clinical discovery projects.  Our intent is to identify a scientist with the potential to become a thought leader at Xenon, actively and independently evaluating and driving new avenues of research. Expertise in neuroscience is highly preferred.


  • Creating, implementing and validating new assays to support current and future medicinal chemistry programs
  • Timely delivery of data to inform weekly compound progression
  • Active participation in and presentation at group and project meetings
  • Coordination and documentation of datasets to support internal decision making as well as external publications and regulatory filings
  • May supervise research associates


  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, neuropharmacology or related field
  • Postdoctoral training and/or experience establishing and validating cell based and ligand binding assays and quantifying pharmacological effects in these assays
  • Enthusiasm for laboratory work, good problem solving abilities.
  • Working knowledge of cell tissue culture techniques including both recombinant cells and preparation and maintenance of primary cell cultures.
  • Experience creating functional assays with native or IPSC derived human neurons
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and initiative
  • Excellent record keeping, attention to detail.
  • Experience with analyzing and presenting quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment and be flexible in adapting to change.
  • Expert knowledge of HTS screening methodologies using cell based assays preferred.
  • Drug discovery project experience preferred

To apply for this position, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to careers@xenon-pharma.com and include “Research Scientist, In Vitro” in the subject line. All attachments must be saved as one file and be named: “Your Full Name – Research Scientist, In Vitro.” We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of applicants, only those chosen for interview will be contacted.