OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  

Careers at OncoMed

  • OncoMed, a pioneer and leader in the development of novel cancer therapies directed toward tumor initiating cells, also known as “cancer stem cells”, fosters a culture of innovation as the company strives to provide significant alternatives for the treatment of cancer.

    Headquartered in Redwood City, California, our employees bring a passionate dedication to the advancement of novel treatments for patients with cancer.

Open Positions:

2016 OncoMed Research Internship Program

OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing first-in-class protein therapeutics targeting cancer stem cells and immuno-oncology candidates. The OncoMed Summer Research Internship Program was created to introduce undergraduate and graduate level students to careers in oncology research in the biotechnology industry. Our internship program provides motivated students with an outstanding training environment that fosters creativity and learning in the following areas:

  • Target identification and validation
  • Cancer stem cell biology
  • Immunology/Immunotherapy
  • Protein and antibody engineering
  • Process and bioanalytical development
  • In-vivo biology
  • Translational Medicine
  • Bioinformatics and Diagnostics
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacometrics
  • Toxicology and Pathology

Summer internships at Oncomed last approximately 3 months and are open to students between May and September. Interns will work alongside individual Scientists and attend group research meetings and seminars. In addition, interns may have the opportunity to present their work at the conclusion of the program. A monthly stipend is provided, based on education level. However, all housing, travel, and meals are the responsibility of the intern.

To Apply:

To be considered, please email a current curriculum vitae (CV), or resumé, and a cover letter that describes your interests and desired internship length to hr@oncomed.com. Please include the following research area of interest reference code(s) when applying:

Code     Research Area
  • SI-1      Molecular Biology/Target Identification and Validation
  • SI-2      In vivo Cancer Biology
  • SI-3      Immunology/Immunotherapy
  • SI-4      Process and Bioanalytical Development
  • SI-5      Translational Medicine
  • SI-6      Bioinformatics and Diagnostics
  • SI-7      Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacometrics
  • SI-8      Toxicology and Pathology

All applications must be received by April 29, 2016, for consideration. For more information, or to learn about OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, please visit www.oncomed.com.

Long-term Intern, Cancer Biology


Job Summary The Department of Cancer Biology is seeking a motivated and outstanding Long-term Intern (6 – 12 month appointment) to join our efforts to execute in vivo and ex vivo studies to characterize the effects of our novel anti-CSC and immuno-oncology therapeutic molecules and their mechanisms of action. Preferred candidates will have extensive experience working with tumor mouse models, as well as hands on knowledge of cancer signaling pathways and some lab experience in immunology.

  • Ph.D. student or Postdoctoral experience in cancer biology, immunology, or related field
  • Hands-on experience conducting in vivo tumor model experiments (subcutaneous and/or orthotopic xenografts)
  • Mouse handling, dosing (oral gavage, IP, IV), blood, and tissue collection
  • Bioluminescence imaging
  • Cell culture
  • Immunfluorescence staining of cells and tissues
  • Isolation and analysis of immune cell populations by multi-color flow cytometry
  • Characterization of tumor and immune cell signaling (Western blot, functional assays)
  • Excellent verbal, written, and analytical skills with the ability to adapt to changing project needs
  • Strong desire to learn and operate as a key team player
  • Significant industry drug discovery experience desired

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Senior Research Associate, Target Validation


Job Summary OncoMed Pharmaceuticals is discovering and developing monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer. Therapeutic approaches focus on targeting cancer stem cell pathways and harnessing anti-tumor immunity. The Target Validation group proposes, tests, and confirms new drug candidates.

We are looking for a person with excellent experience in cellular and animal biology to contribute to the in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo validation of immune targets. Candidate’s primary responsibility will be to support target validation studies carried out in mouse syngeneic and xenograft tumor models. Most studies will involve tissue culture, the use of lentiviral and adenoviral vectors, and a vast array of immune assays. Prior experience with mouse work is required, as well as familiarity with cancer biology and immunology. Outstanding technical skills are essential and should be reflected in excellent scientific contributions.

  • B.S. or M.S. degree
  • 3+ years in biological sciences
  • Solid experience in tissue culture (in vitro and ex vivo) and protein detection techniques, including flow cytometry
  • Prior experience with mouse work, including tumor models
  • Familiar with immune functional and phenotypic assays
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety regulations
  • Proficiency in database management
  • Ability to multitask and thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

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