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Associate Scientist, Critical Reagents

May 15, 2018
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At Novavax, a clinical-stage vaccine company, we are creating tomorrow's vaccines today! We seek to attract, develop, and retain talented people who share our passion for science, medicine, and human health. We foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration, built on a culture that values and appreciates its employees. We are a fast-paced company that provides employees with opportunities to achieve personal and professional goals while also maintaining a balance between work and personal life.

The candidate will be responsible for coordination and execution of generation, qualification, and stability trending of Critical Reagents for Analytical Development and Quality Control Departments to support vaccine development at Novavax. The qualified individual should have general knowledge and experience with a variety of analytical techniques commonly used in biotechnology industry such as immunoassays, qPCR, chromatographic and electrophoretic methods. Familiarity with other analytical techniques for protein analysis and characterization is a plus.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of antibody titer in antiserum.
  • Preparation and qualification of Reference Standards and Critical Reagents, and evaluation of stability during storage.
  • Management of inventory system and distribution of Critical Reagents.
  • Interaction with Discovery, Quality, and Process Development groups for reagent generation, testing and management
  • Perform reagent qualification using ELISA based and enzymatic assays, BCA, SDS-PAGE and Western blot and other analytical methods.
  • Assistance in the writing, reviewing, and editing of standard operating procedures
  • Preparation of written reagent qualification reports

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelors or Masters in biological science or biochemistry. Minimum 5-8 years' experience in pharmaceutical, biologics, and/or vaccine development.
  • Knowledge in principles and practice of current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Experience with establishing and characterization of Reference Standards.
  • Understanding of FDA regulatory requirements associated with analytical characterization and documentation of vaccine products.
  • A good understanding of general analytical techniques for protein analysis is required.
  • Hands on experience with ELISA, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, and BCA assays.
  • Excellent organization and record keeping skills to timely record, track and analyze sample testing and analytical data.
  • Ability to write SOP and technical reports. Strong communication skills.
  • Good computer skills and proficiency in Window based software such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Ability to learn additional laboratory data collection software.

Novavax, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to delivering novel products to prevent a broad range of infectious diseases. Using innovative proprietary recombinant nanoparticle vaccine technology, we produce vaccine candidates to efficiently and effectively respond to both known and emerging disease threats. Our vaccine candidates are genetically engineered three-dimensional nanostructures that incorporate recombinant proteins critical to disease pathogenesis.

Our product pipeline targets a variety of infectious diseases, with clinical vaccine candidates for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Ebola virus (EBOV), and preclinical programs for Zika virus (ZIKV), seasonal influenza and a combination respiratory vaccine candidate, as well as other infectious disease vaccine candidates.

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

Novavax, Inc. offers a base salary, annual bonus, stock options, 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, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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