RESEARCH SCIENTIST - Center for Human Systems Immunology

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School of Medicine:

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OVERVIEW:The Center for Human Systems Immunology is seeking an experienced scientist to support immunological research for preclinical and clinical vaccine trials. We are recruiting a Research Scientist with broad immunology and viro logy experience to lead active and pending sponsored research involving SARS-CoV-2, HIV, influenza, and other global health pathogens.


  • Independently design, develop and execute major and complex scientific projects, serve as the point person for assigned projects, and coordinate collaborative science among investigators internallyand externally to effectively meet milestones and project deadlines

  • Ensure that all work is performed under approved Standard Operating Procedures ( SOPs) and that all Unit staff are trained and perform duties according toSOPs.

  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures and lead in development, optimization, qualification and validation efforts for assays and procedures, as requested by the research sponsor /PI.

  • Research new products, tests, and methods and report on relative feasibility, quality, an d benefits of new developments. Work to improve/optimize existing SOPs.

  • Organize and present complex data sets to the PI,collaborators, and sponsors.

  • Summarize completed protocols and studies; write scientific articles and manuscripts for publication and presentation.

  • Supervise and mentor lab staff, students andfellows as assigned.

  • Perform other duties asrequested by the PI.

Education,Skills, and Experience Req uirements:

  • PhD in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, or related field and 5 years of scientific laboratory experience in immune assays, biochemistry and virology is required

  • Outstandingorganization and communication skills
  • Proven critical thinking abilities
  • Abilityto work and communicate effectively in an interactive and dynamic team environment
  • Strong interest in immunology, virology and/or vaccine evaluation
  • Must be able to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to learn and apply new skills and concepts
  • Must be detail-oriented and well-organized

Minimum Qualifications


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Posted: 1/21/2021
Application Due: 4/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time