Postdoctoral Associate: Vaccine Vector Design

Brooklyn, New York
October 10 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Job Title Postdoctoral Associate: Vaccine Vector Design

Location: Design and Development Lab (DDL), Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Executive Director, DDL

Position Summary:

We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Associate with virology experience to undertake research in the area of viral vectors to support our HIV/AIDS vaccine development program. The incumbent should have the ability to work independently and in a team setting to conduct experiments for the design, optimization, and characterization of viral vector based HIV vaccines.

Description Duties assigned to this position will require an in-depth knowledge of molecular biology and virology, and may involve organizing and implementing complex research plans, developing methods of testing, data collection and analysis, as well as writing reports containing descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. The duties will require the exercise of independent discretion and judgment in carrying out research activities within the predetermined research scope.

The Postdoctoral Associate will report to the Executive Director of the DDL, and will be a core member of a multidisciplinary research team. The incumbent will be involved in the early phases of HIV vaccine development and will conduct research, following the policies and procedures of the DDL. This may include leading a research team to design and characterize live replicating vector-based HIV-1 vaccine candidates. The Postdoctoral Associate will assist the team to produce stable cell lines and recombinant virus vectors under conditions that comply with cGMP manufacturing. The Postdoctoral Associate will have the experience and skills needed to provide oversight and act as a technology expert for vector design and development for the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the research team in the design and in vitro characterization of replicating viral vector based HIV vaccines

  • Develop novel research methods and assays that contribute to DDL’s research goals

  • Collect, analyze and evaluate data

  • Apply technical and functional knowledge to optimize the current procedures

  • Assist in the design of selected immunogenicity studies

  • Interpret data, make decisions and conduct trouble shooting on technical issues

  • Participate in the preparation of scientific reports, grant proposals and manuscripts

  • Mentor junior staff

  • Lead the team to meet timelines and milestones

    Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in Molecular Virology or related area from a recognized is required. Working knowledge in immunology would be a plus, but not absolutely required.

  • Knowledge of HIV vaccine design and early development is preferred

  • Highly motivated and committed to IAVI’s mission

  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills

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