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Sr Associate Scientist, Biology

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Job Description

Senior Associate Scientist, Discovery Virology

We are seeking a highly motivated Sr. Associate Scientist to support our internal research efforts to identify new therapeutics for herpesvirus infections.

Essential Duties

  • Optimize and carry out various cell-based virology assays for discovery and preclinical evaluation of antiviral therapeutics, including biologics and small molecules
  • Plan and execute assigned experiments that support research activities and project goals
  • Interpret results, proactively troubleshooting technical issues and recommending potential solutions based on personal observations and/or literature searches
  • Select appropriate methods and techniques in performing experiments
  • Participate in cross-functional group meetings and present results
  • Work closely with senior personnel as well as independently

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Virology, Cell Biology or related life science discipline with 13+ years of working experience in academics or biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry
  • Excellent technical skills in mammalian cell culture, including development and optimization of cell-based assays
  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques, including qPCR and cloning
  • Experience in flow cytometry and cell imaging techniques is highly preferred.
  • Experience in virology techniques is preferred.
  • Designs complex experiments that support goal of project teams
  • Capable of interpreting experimental results and knowing what needs to be changed to improve the process
  • Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
  • Works independently and determines methods and techniques on new or difficult assignments.
  • Demonstrates strategic thinking regarding scientific innovation consistent with PhD-level research.
  • Strong ability to troubleshoot and optimize assays, as well as aptitude to learn and apply new techniques as necessary
  • Ability to lead projects within the functional area.
  • Must think critically and creatively and be able to work independently, determine appropriate resources for resolution of problems and have strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Teamwork, individual-initiative, and meticulous recordkeeping are essential.
  • Task management of junior employees may be required.


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