RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, VIROLOGY

Vir Biotechnology

San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Post Date: 03/29/2021
  • Website: vir.bio
  • 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 cutting-edge technologies. We have assembled four technology platforms that are designed to stimulate and enhance the immune system by exploiting critical observations of natural immune processes. Our current development pipeline consists of product candidates targeting COVID-19, hepatitis B virus, influenza A and human immunodeficiency virus.
 
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 Research Associate to help drive new efforts in the discovery and development of novel therapies for the treatment of viral diseases with focus on SARS-CoV-2. The successful candidate, under the guidance of experienced Scientists in the company, 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 of viral infection. You will work cross-functionally and be exposed to other groups within the company to advance programs from discovery into development.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:

    • Works under supervision of scientists to conduct scientific research for the development of novel infectious disease therapies with initial focus on SARS-CoV-2.
    • Designs and executes laboratory experiments to identify, evaluate and characterize antiviral molecules of different drug modalities (antibody, nucleic acid, small molecule) in a BSL-2/BSL-3 laboratory environment.
    • Performs routine medium-throughput screening experiments as well as more complex cell and molecular experiments to investigate the mechanism of action of novel therapies.
    • Creates day-to-day activities keeping accurate records of experimental details and results related to assigned projects.
    • Co-authors protocols and technical reports.
    • Participates in the development and conduct of laboratory meetings, updating group members on background and status of projects by giving oral updates or internal presentations.
    • Maintains project timelines and actively participates in team meetings
    • Actively seeks opportunities to continuously improve.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Excellent skills in cell culture methodology and aseptic technique are required.
    • Strong background and hands-on experience in cell biology & molecular biology.
    • Ideally, experienced in virology-related methodology, such as virus production, purification, cell-based infection/transduction. Previous experience with SARS-CoV-2 and/or work in a BLS-3 laboratory environment is a plus.
    • Proficient in molecular biology methods including nucleic acid purification, qPCR, molecular cloning, Western Blot, ELISA, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and more.
    • Ability to work in a high paced team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work from multiple projects.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work on inter-disciplinary and cross-functional teams.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required.

EDUCATION:

    • BS/MS in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of lab experience.
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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