Novavax
  • 18-May-2021 to 17-Jun-2021 (EST)
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • Full Time - Exempt

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Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases.  Novavax is currently conducting multiple late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, our vaccine candidate against the virus that causes COVID-19, and has recently reported exciting and highly encouraging initial efficacy results. NanoFlu, our quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both candidate vaccines incorporate Novavax' proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines. Our proprietary technology platform leverages the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

We are seeking Research Associate II to join our Clinical Immunology department in Gaithersburg, MD. This individual will play an important role in cell culture activities related to testing clinical samples including assay development, qualification and validation. In addition, individual will be expected to generate accurate high throughput clinical data following a qualified Influenza Microneutralization (MN) assay and a validated hemagglutinin inhibition (HAI) assay.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Play a key role in maintenance and scale up of cell line(s) for performing critical clinical testing in a GCLP environment.
  • Play a key role in performing technical laboratory processes, including training on existing assays and clinical testing related activities as per schedule and under management discretion in a GCLP environment.
  • Individual will be required to perform routine assays with high sample throughput.
  • Individual will be required to record all data in specified formats (including electronic) following Good Documentation Practices.
  • Individual will additionally be responsible for activities related to assay development including optimization, qualification, and validation of assays.
  • Individual will assist the Laboratory Lead or above with analysis and interpretation of clinical and/or experimental data.
  • Individual must ensure that corporate, quality, regulatory and safety procedures/requirements are being observed and followed at all times.
  • Individual will maintain accurate inventories and will be responsible for informing lab support about ordering supplies.
  • Individual will be responsible for facility housekeeping according to regulations.
  • Individual will be responsible for drafting SOPs, writing reports, and presenting data in various formats.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological science, molecular biology, immunology, or equivalent years of relevant industry experience.
  • Must have 1-3 years hands on Industry experience in performance of cell culture with adherent cell lines.
  • Must have 1-3 years hands on Industry experience or collaboration with Industry, preferably with
  • Previous experience with cell-based assays (including RSV & Flu Microneutralization assays), preparing virus & cell banks, & cell culture highly desirable.
  • Familiar with aseptic technique and working in a BSL-2/ BSL-2 plus laboratory.
  • Previous experience with high throughput and automated assays.
  • Working knowledge of colorimetric assays for enzyme activity and inhibition.
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, SoftMax Pro GxP and LIMS.
  • Candidate must be flexible in time management.
  • Must be a self-starter who can work independently and a team player who can work cross functionally. Attention to detail is highly desirable.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Specific assay requirements:

  • Individual will be primarily responsible for performing cell culture and will be involved in performing MN and HAI assays as per Manager's direction.
  • Individual will be responsible for performing ELISA and cell-based assays as per Manager's direction.
  • Individual will be responsible to design and execute experiments to bridge new lots of critical reagents under Scientist and Manager's discretion.
  • Individual will be responsible for performing qualification and validation of assays under Scientist and Manager's direction.
  • Individual will be responsible for troubleshooting assay related problems and perform follow up experiments for assays.
  • Able to peer review data for both Good Documentation Practices and scientific content.

Novavax is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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