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Research Associate, Vector Design and Early Development
Job Title: Research Associate, Vector Design and Early Development
Location: Design and Development Lab in Brooklyn, New York
The Research Associate (RA) will be member of a multidisciplinary research team developing vaccine candidates against various infectious diseases. The RA will be involved in laboratory work to construct, propagate, purify and characterize viral vectors. Responsibilities may include processing of tissues from vaccinated animals.
The RA will also work in IAVI's Early Development Laboratory (EDL) to assist with production of lead candidate and cell lines under controlled laboratory conditions that support the transfer of vaccines and/or cell lines to a contract manufacturer.
? Molecular cloning, PCR and Sanger sequencing
? Mammalian cell culture
? Construction, propagation, purification, quantification, and characterization of viral vectors based on vesicular stomatitis virus
? Production of vaccine material for use in animal research
? Production of vaccine seeds produced in compliance with practices suitable for human vaccine manufacturing
? Conduct analytical assays based on established SOP
? Perform laboratory operation duties such as monitoring inventory, ordering supplies, maintaining safe working conditions, and disposal of chemical and biohazardous waste. These duties will be applicable to the lab in which the RA works as well as across the Design and Development Laboratory as assigned.
? Maintain accurate, thorough, and timely research documentation. Writing of standard operating procedures and batch records as needed
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
? A bachelor's degree in biological sciences is required.
? 1 to 3 years of hands-on experience in a research or industrial laboratory is a plus.
? Experience with molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture and virus production are preferred.
? Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. The RA must be able to work well in a team environment.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
? Mobility to perform the essential functions of the position
? Hearing and speech sufficient to verbally communicate in person and on the telephone constantly (66-100%)
? Typical office environment
? Occasional travel off-site for team meetings with collaborators, as needed (up to 20%)
? Ability to travel to IAVI offices in New York
? Perform other duties as assigned
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a nonprofit scientific organization whose mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, accessible public health solutions to help the people who need them the most. Since its founding in 1996, IAVI has provided scientific, research and development, and policy leadership to address the needs of communities and key populations at risk for HIV infection around the world. IAVI works with more than 100 academic, industry, government, civil society, clinical, and community partners in more than 25 countries. IAVI is committed to supporting the broad field of HIV vaccine research and to fostering collaborations that accelerate the development and availability of new prevention tools. In pursuit of our goals, we work to catalyze and support novel partnership models that engage partners from both the public and private sectors across the product development continuum.
IAVI's global reach, including its clinical research network in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in India, has allowed IAVI to make fundamental contributions to understanding of the epidemiology, transmission, natural history, virology, and immunology of HIV infection. This work played a key role in facilitating the structure-based design of promising HIV vaccine candidates as well as the discovery of \"broadly neutralizing antibodies\" that are now being advanced as promising approaches for HIV prevention. IAVI's integrated capabilities in vaccine discovery, development, and clinical research take advantage of biopharmaceutical industry expertise to accelerate the development and testing of novel HIV vaccine candidates.
In addition to its core HIV vaccine effort, IAVI is working to amplify its global health impact by working with partners to address other urgent unmet public health needs - such as vaccines for other infectious diseases - where our existing technologies, assets, and experience can add unique value.
IAVI Core Values
Dedication to the Mission: We are committed to the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world to achieve a world without AIDS
Innovative Evolution: We are committed to solving complex problems in creative and innovative ways, learning from our mistakes and successes and never giving up
Integrity: We are committed to meeting the highest ethical and professional standards in everything we do and to taking responsibility for our actions to earn respect
Collaboration: We are committed to embracing diversity, the power of glocal teamwork and the belief that by working as one we can make a difference
Leadership and Communication
? Proactively ask questions to understand organizational strategy and performance objectives
? Come up with new and unique ideas to achieve objectives
? Take proactive steps to collaborate with members from other teams/departments
? Seek solutions to a system/process failure
? Positively handle criticisms, complaints, and special requests
? Directly communicate with manager, peers and team members
Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an \"at-will\" relationship.
All IAVI employees are expected to follow and abide by the legal, financial, regulatory, safety, and other general guidelines of IAVI, and to conduct their activities in a manner consistent with the highest personal and professional standards.
IAVI is an equal opportunity employer and applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
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