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Research Scientist II (RSII) or Senior Research Scientist I (SRSI), HIV Virology, Biomarker Sciences

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Job Description

The RSII or SRSI, Biomarker Sciences is responsible for leading program specific host biomarker strategy in HIV. This individual will direct the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays (including pharmacodynamic, predictive, prognostic, safety and other biomarkers) and design, implement and oversee biomarker and diagnostic testing and data analysis. Experience in the analysis of multi-dimensional data sets and a strong understanding of mechanisms and immune pathways underlying inflammatory diseases is highly desirable.


  • Lead development of biomarker and diagnostic strategy for HIV Cure Program(s)
  • Lead cross-functional Biomarker Team to oversee the delivery of biomarker and diagnostic strategies
  • Identify, establish and oversee external collaborations with key opinion leaders/CROs to advance project specific goals
  • Provide expertise to research and development teams to ensure access to state of the art thinking on assay technologies, evaluating their scientific basis and clinical applicability
  • Collaborate with immuno-oncology and inflammation biomarker group for synergy in interrogating immune related mechanisms
  • Strong experimental skills with demonstrated ability to execute well-designed decision-making experiments
  • Maintain knowledge of scientific advances and competitive activity from literature, scientific meetings and external contacts
  • Must be able to work independently and effectively on multiple programs in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Strong motivation, attention to detail, and fully integration into a high achieving team environment
  • High level of business awareness

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise in virology and/or immunology.
  • Broad understanding of drug discovery and development in both early and late stage development and familiarity with regulatory approval process.
  • Knowledge of biomarker discovery and development: assay development/validation, clinical discovery of biomarkers, MoA research, knowledge of state of art assay platforms.
  • Authoring of biomarker strategy documents and biomarker specific portion of clinical protocols, drug study reports, regulatory submissions.
  • Analysis of biomarker data in preclinical and clinical setting.
  • Basic understanding of technical aspects of companion diagnostics development; partnerships, due diligence experience, project experience (Pre-Submission and IDE development; Diagnostic protocol etc.).
  • Proven scientific/leadership expertise (working in teams, managing people/projects).
  • Proven publication record.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex scientific and business problems into strategy and tactics.
  • Basic understanding of IP, contracting terms and provisions. 


  • PhD in virology, immunology or medical sciences, and a minimum of 3+ years of directly relevant biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience. 
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented with excellent record keeping and organizational skills.
  • Must be a highly flexible, results oriented, independent self-starter who enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic environment. 

****Level commensurate on candidate's years of experience.


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