Scientist Position, Vaccine R&D, Cancer Vaccine/Immunotherapy

Weill Cornell Medicine
New York City, New York
October 05 2018
Organization Type

Scientist Position, Vaccine R&D, Cancer Vaccine/Immunotherapy

Job Summary
The laboratory of Dr. J. Magarian Blander at Weill Cornell Medicine is seeking a full-time experienced scientist to develop new adjuvants and immune targeting strategies for use in a preclinical cancer vaccine formulation. The key responsibilities include vector design, production, recovery, purification, formulation, and primary packaging.

The successful applicant will benefit from unique university environment and unparalleled scientific opportunities provided by the collaborative Tri-Institutional research programs of Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Job Responsibilities
Previously demonstrated hands-on experience with:

  • Expression vector design, cloning, and production.
  • Vector production with downstream operations (chromatography, filtration and other separation / purification techniques), and formulation is a strong plus.
  • DNA/RNA isolation, qPCR, Mammalian cell culture, transfection, flow cytometry, ELISA, Western blotting, and other common molecular and cell biology techniques.
  • Independently design, plan, and execute assay development to support the release, stability, and characterization resting of vaccine candidates.
  • Independently analyze and interpret results with a goal oriented, problem-solving approach.
  • Maintaining electronic laboratory notebooks, writing protocols, and presenting data.
  • Technical transfer to/from external vendors.

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline with 2+ years, MS. with 4+ years, or BS with 7+ years of relevant experience in the discovery and development of adjuvants and expression/viral vectors.
  • Hands-on experience with vector/vaccine production, purification, and analytical methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, execute, and troubleshoot process development studies.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Highly motivated with a clear sense of urgency and focus on providing transformational therapies to patients.

Please send a CV, research statement, and contact information of three references to Dr. Blander (

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer.

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