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Senior Research Associate I/II, Antimicrobial Antibody Discovery

Position Summary:

We are committed to improving the lives of patients across the world with serious bacterial infections. As part of our mission, our company has focused on the growing problem of neonatal mortality associated with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in developing nations. In support of this effort, we seek a highly-motivated research associate to execute on the discovery and development of novel antimicrobial antibodies that will prevent life-threatening neonatal infections caused by multi-drug-resistant (MDR) bacterial pathogens.

 

The successful candidate will operate in a highly diverse and dynamic research environment supporting a fast-paced, collaborative discovery program.  Attention to detail, the ability to communicate cross-functionally across multiple scientific disciplines and a persistent drive for results are critical to the role. The candidate should anticipate gaining a broad exposure to the infectious disease and drug discovery fields through cross-functional interactions with scientists from a breadth of research backgrounds.

 

Key Attributes:

  • Attention to detail and rigorous observation of variances in methods and controls.
  • Flexibility in working across multiple scientific disciplines.
  • Excellent communicator within and outside of technical area of expertise.
  • Driven individual with track record of proactively seeking resource/advice as needed to advance their research.
  • Creative problem solver with a strong ability to identify most efficient path to asking and answering key scientific questions.
  • Ability to work independently in an active research setting.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Support the development and optimization of novel assays to inform antibody discovery and characterization efforts.
  • Develop creative strategies to streamline and optimize workflow of existing methods to advance antibody discovery programs.
  • Partner with project leaders to design and engineer custom microbial strains to support discovery efforts.
  • Perform molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DNA assembly, mutagenesis and cloning, cell transformation, bacterial cell culture, and various advanced methods in support of research projects requiring custom microbial strain development.
  • Clearly communicate findings to a multi-disciplinary team of research biologists and chemists.

 

Essential Experience:

  • Experience working in aseptic environment (e.g. microbiology or cell culture).
  • Experience with basic molecular techniques (e.g. PCR, electroporation, etc.).
  • Experience with bacteria cell culturing and genetic modification or custom bacterial strains.

 

Preferred Experience:

  • Demonstrated success in a dynamic research environment where adaptability to new projects and approaches was essential.
  • Background in experimental molecular microbiology, microbial physiology, and/or genetic engineering in model bacterial systems.
  • 5+ years of research experience in an industry or academic setting.
  • Experience initiating and overseeing successful research collaborations.

 

Education:

  • MS or PhD in a relevant scientific field (e.g. biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology).

 

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Ability to positively impact company culture.
  • Experience culturing Acinetobacter baumanii.
  • Current US work authorization required.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
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