Vir Biotechnology

San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Post Date: 04/19/2021
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  • Company Address: 499 Illinois Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94158

About Vir Biotechnology

Vir Biotechnology brings together cutting-edge innovations with scientific expertise and management.

Job Description

Vir is a clinical-stage immunology company with a compelling mission; “A World Without Infectious Disease”. We are focused on combining immunologic insights with innovative technologies. We have assembled four technology platforms that are designed to stimulate and improve the immune system by exploiting critical observations of natural immune processes. Our current development pipeline consists of product individuals targeting hepatitis B virus, influenza A, SARS-CoV-2, human immunodeficiency virus and tuberculosis.
We believe the success of our colleagues drives the success of our Mission. We have an ongoing commitment to creating a company passionate about equality, inclusion, and respect. When everyone feels supported and encouraged to give at their best, we will collectively deliver outstanding results. 
Vir Bio is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative Scientist I to help drive new efforts in the discovery and development of novel therapies for the treatment of infectious disease. You will work within a highly collaborative group environment with other passionate scientist. The successful candidate will participate in discovery and translational research efforts aimed at identifying and characterizing novel therapeutic targets, investigating mechanism of action of therapeutics and defining optimal drug combinations through evaluation in the appropriate in vitro models. 


    • Conduct scientific research for the development of novel virus therapies in both a BSL2 and BSL3 setting.
    • Executes cutting-edge CRISPR screening experiments.
    • Optimize screening assays to enable high-throughput screening (HTS) to support compound selections.
    • Will utilize expertise in virology, molecular biology, cell biology, and more.
    • Independently pans and executes medium-throughput screening experiments as well as more complex cell and molecular experiments to investigate the mechanism of action of novel therapies.
    • Author protocols and technical reports.
    • Maintains project timelines and actively participates in team meetings


    • Solid understand and experience working with traditional cell culture models and with various cell-based assays (viability/cytotoxicity, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, apoptosis, growth assays)
    • Experince with library preparation for next-generation sequencing, CRISPR screens and RNA Seq is preferred
    • Experience with arrayed High Throughput Screening (HTS) and/or large pooled CRISPR screens
    • Hands-on experience in a wide variety of cell biology & molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid purification, qPCR, molecular cloning, Western Blot, ELISA, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and more.


    • PhD in a Scientific Field
    • Candidate must be willing to work in a BSL-3 laboratory and existing experience is preferred
    • Experience in mammalian cell culture is required 
Vir’s compensation and benefits are aligned with the current market and commensurate with the person’s experience and qualifications. All full-time employees receive a package that includes: compensation, bonus and equity as well as many other Vir benefits and perks such as: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, non-accrual paid time off, one Friday a month paid-time off, company shut down for holidays, commuter benefits, child care reimbursement, education reimbursement, 401K match and lunch for all lab essential personnel!
Vir is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform critical job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact Human Resources to request accommodation.
Vir Human Resources leads recruitment and employment for Vir. Unsolicited resumes sent to Vir from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Vir and do not obligate Vir to pay fees should we hire from those resumes. We ask that external recruiters and/or agencies not contact or present candidates directly to our hiring manager or employees.

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