Research Scientist

  • location: Rockville, MD
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $33.56 - $39.48 per hour
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Research Scientist

job summary:

  • Key member of a team of cell and molecular biologists working on design and characterization of vaccine candidates and supporting platform technology development.

location: Rockville, Maryland
job type: Contract
salary: $33.56 - 39.48 per hour
work hours: 9 to 5
education: Bachelors
- Applies detailed fundamental knowledge of own specialty area or scientific discipline into solving process development problems

- Solves complex problems through analytical thinking; identifies and prioritizes solutions using knowledge gained through formal education, experience and sound judgment

- Fully understands the rationale and hypotheses for experimental designs

- Rapidly acquires theoretical and operational knowledge of laboratory equipment in own discipline. Trains and supervises other team members as necessary

- Executes and documents experiments/technical studies/tasks independently, maintaining good scientific practices

- Interprets results and communicates to his/her supervisor and/or designs next logical steps of experiments based on the data analysis

- Participates in project and technology transfer efforts

- Designs and executes new methods and protocols related to area of expertise

- Prepares detailed oral or written summaries of results with interpretation for projects/programs. Independently writes specific technical sections of internal and external reports

- Contributes to scientific papers and internal reports

Basic qualifications:

- Degree in virology, molecular biology, cell biology or other vaccinology related discipline

- Fluency in English

- At least 5 years of experience in research and development, preferably including vaccine research in an industrial, academic or government laboratory settings

- Hands-on and in-depth understanding of cell culture, sterile techniques, protein expression platforms, cell transfection and selection in transient and stable expression systems

- Basic experience with common bioanalytical assay execution (ELISA, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, PCR assays).

Preferred qualifications:

- MSc/PhD degrees.

- Excellent communication skills, ability to effectively collaborate within multiple project workstreams

- Ability to efficiently manage uncertainty, changes in priorities and timelines

- Hands-on cell culture experience, clone isolation and single cell cloning, FACS analysis and sorting

- Molecular biology; plasmid and viral vector design and optimization

- Experience with viral vectors and virology background would be an advantage.

skills: Molecular Biology, PCR, Cell Cultures
Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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