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Scientist (Vaccines and Therapeutics) - Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Laboratory and Research


West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Scientist (Vaccines and Therapeutics) Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology.

About the Opportunity

The position supports multiple vaccinology-immunology-microbiology-related projects within the Vaccine Development Center in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology. This team uses in vitro and in vivo animal models, cell and molecular biology techniques, next-generation sequencing, and highly complex immunological assays to determine vaccine efficacy. In this position, the ideal candidate will not only perform bench research but will coordinate large scale studies and manage projects. The candidate will also need to be able to train PhD students and technical staff.

The Scientist, vaccines and therapeutics R&D will report directly to the Assistant Director of the Vaccine Development Center. Current projects include the development of an intranasal pertussis vaccine, next generation tdap vaccines, next generation COVID-19 vaccines, cancer vaccines, immunotherapeutic (monoclonal antibodies), mRNA vaccines, ESKAPE pathogen vaccines/immunotherapeutic, etc.

The ideal candidate will assist in all assay and experimental set ups as per SOPs and at the direction of supervisors. This would include ordering of necessary materials and resources, scheduling/coordination, culture of bacteria, challenge, and evaluation of vaccine correlates of protection. Infection, monitoring, and data collection of animal models of infection in relation to vaccination. The candidate will be responsible for project management, and supervision of small team that could include a research technician, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The candidate will develop new laboratory protocols and methods. Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings. Perform laboratory and field experiment activities according to protocol. Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements. Assist with undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of experiments, maintain lab equipment, keep accurate inventory of lab assets, and monitor and assure proper use and conditions of lab equipment. Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator. Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.

At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs:

* 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)


* 403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC)

* A range of health insurance and various other benefits

* Dependent Education Scholarship

* WVU Perks

* And More!!

What you'll do:

  • Conducting Molecular Biology Techniques.
  • Conducting vaccinology research.
  • Conducting animal challenge experiments.
  • Conducting Immunological assays such as ELISA, and Flow Cytometry.
  • Supporting routine laboratory operation, such as preparation of reagents and maintenance of animal colonies, cleaning and organization of the laboratory
  • Assisting graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Preparing manuscript and data presentations.

  • PhD in microbiology, immunology, biology, or related science field; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 0-1 years of experience performing related in vitro and in vivo experiments, culturing of bacteria, cellular and molecular research
  • Skilled in Molecular Biology
  • Skilled in cell culture techniques
  • Skilled in microbiological and immunological techniques.
  • Ability to perform vaccine efficacy studies
  • Ability to maintain animal colonies.
  • Skilled to use scientific methods and rules to solve problems.
  • Skilled at operating laboratory instrumentation.
  • Skilled to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail.
  • Basic Knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology, and biology.
  • Working knowledge of using laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of laboratory protocols, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, environment.
  • Knowledge of uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Ability to gather, understand and implement technical protocols.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload.
  • Ability to work independently to complete assigned projects

About Research Corporation

The WVURC was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to support research (R1) at West Virginia University. We provide evaluation, development, patenting, management, and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of the University.

The WVURC receives and administers funds awarded by external agencies for research and other activities and is responsible for helping protect intellectual property through patents, copyrights and licensing agreements for start-up companies based on University research.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic environment is core to WVURC's mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Jun 14, 2022

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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