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Scientific Associate

Jacksonville (NC) Metro Area, NC

Posted: 01/17/2018 Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -012018-20746
Description:
The Virology and Cell Culture group is seeking a candidate to join a dynamic Technology Development (TD) organization responsible for supporting commercial influenza vaccine manufacturing and process development. The incumbent in this contract position will be responsible for the execution of cell culture and virology methods in support of technology development for viral vaccines.
Candidate will provide support on projects of varying size and demonstrate awareness of broader project objectives. The fundamental analytical techniques of vaccine support/virology and other biological products should be understood and practiced in an education/industrial setting. The successful applicant will be able to analyze information and standard practices using existing procedures to solve routine problems, and be accountable for self-development to enhance contribution.

Major Accountabilities:

Responsible for developing and maintaining mammalian cell culture (shake flasks, bioreactors) and virus propagation
Will execute experiments related to mammalian cell culture and be responsible for providing data and analysis of data
Responsible for cell and virus culture sampling, sample processing, testing and analysis standard virology techniques and assays
Perform routine laboratory instrument maintenance calibration, and preparation (no special skills required)
Must be able to perform aseptic handling of cell cultures and provide cells to virology team members in support of virology candidate screening
Maintain appropriate laboratory notebooks and documentation
Responsible for helping to interpret data and determining issues/concerns with data experiments
Ability to deliver data/results in accordance with predetermined project deadlines

Skills:
Previous experience working with viruses strongly preferred

Handling and cultivation of mammalian cell culture
Operation of cell culture laboratory equipment and instruments (bioreactors, bioanalyzers, cell counters, centrifuges, etc.)
Aseptic operations experience (biosafety level 2 agents preferred)
Additional hands-on experience and understanding of biophysical techniques, virology techniques and tissue culture is desirable
BS/MS in Biological Sciences with 0-3+ years of experience

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