Research Associate II, Vaccines - La Jolla, CA | Biospace
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Research Associate II, Vaccines

Synthetic Genomics, Inc.

La Jolla, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Research Assistant, Research Associate: Cell Biology, Virology,

Job Description

 SGVI is seeking a Temporary Research Associate II to work with the vaccine R&D team.  The candidate will support the overall program goals and strategy of the vaccine group which may include significant laboratory activities such as synthesis and assembly of pathogen target genes, development of novel vaccine platform technologies, characterization of RNA and protein expression and preclinical analysis of vaccine targets in relevant animal models. The candidate will have broad molecular and cellular biology experience. Previous experience with virology and viral vector construction will be considered a plus. Excellent verbal, presentation, and written communication skills are essential and the capability to effectively work in a team environment is required.


Required Skills:
•Molecular biology (e.g. PCR, gel electrophoresis, nucleic acid purification, restriction digest).
•In vitro transcription and RNA handling.

Experience in one or more of the following areas are preferred:
•Sequence and ligation independent cloning (SLIC)
•Recombinant virus production and/or characterization
•Biochemical and/or cell based assays relevant to virology/immunology
•Protein expression analysis techniques (e.g. protein concentration determination, Western Blot, ELISA)
•Flow cytometry experience

Education and Work Experience:
•Requires a BS in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Virology or related field, Master’s degree preferred
•Requires a minimum of three-years relevant laboratory experience in industry or academia
•Highly capable in techniques commonly used in molecular/cell biology and immunology
•Proficiency in aseptic techniques
•Detail oriented with an ability to independently record scientific progress
•Familiarity with computational biology tools (BLAST, Vector NTI, sequence alignments, primer and construct design, etc.)
•Biosafety level 2 experience is preferred
•Outstanding experiment design, problem-solving, and data analysis skills
•Able to effectively multitask and advance various projects simultaneously
•Supports scientists in assay development
•Strong ability to work independently and develop an expanding technical and theoretical knowledge base
•Excellent communication, presentation, collaboration, and organizational skills