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Postdoctoral Fellow-Discovery

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Responsible for the design, execution, analysis and interpretation of well-defined studies contributing to vaccine discovery and development projects

Identify and establish new methods for testing immunogenicity, efficacy and safety of candidate vaccines, including new methods for detailed characterization of immune responses

Conduct research and develop methods to understand relationships among flaviviruses in pathogenesis and cross-reactive immunity after infection or vaccination.

Contribute to multi disciplinary vaccine development teams, coordinate activities with other team members, and manage activities of research associates.

Summarize results and conclusions in study reports and present data at internal meetings and scientific conferences

Participate in design, planning and execution of studies to test immunogenicity, efficacy and safety of viral vaccines

Develop and implement novel methods for detailed analysis of humoral and cellular immune responses to candidate vaccines.

Analyze and interpret study results and make recommendations to project teams

May require indirect supervision and guidance research associates in the execution of vaccine discovery projects

Participate on multi functional project teams including liaison with internal partners, timeline management and project status reporting.

Liaison with external collaborators/consultants to advance projects effectively.

Maintain accurate, complete, and timely data in laboratory notebooks.

Maintain current knowledge related to the field of vaccine research and development relevant to the assigned project.

Prepare technical reports, summaries, and power point presentations for distribution and/or presentation to project teams and management, and for inclusion in project reports.

Be well organized and detail oriented, effectively prioritize, eager to learn, interact cooperatively and effectively with others in a team environment, and consistently demonstrate reliability and responsibility.

Possess oral and written scientific communication skills and present at internal and external scientific meetings.

Comply with the company's safety practices and standard operating procedures

Exhibit and promote the company's Core Competencies.

Other duties as assigned



PhD in Microbiology, Virology, Immunology or related discipline with 0-2 years post-doctoral experience.

Virology and immunology (antibodies within immunology) experience

2 years post PhD work

Knowledge in virological and immunological principles and methods as they relate to vaccine development.

Experience in virological and/or immunological assay methods, and ability to investigate and apply these methods for project advancement.

Degrees can be broader but thesis and experience must be virology, immunology, antibody experience.

Virology and immunology experience Antibody response experience

Vaccine experience

Can come from Pharma or Academia

Published within the industry

Experience in infectious disease models is desirable.

Experience with flaviviruses is highly desirable.

Possess advanced Microsoft Office, data entry, data presentation and analysis and computer skills.

Training in JMP or comparable software is a plus.

Comply with institutional certifications and requirements in a BSL-2 environment.

Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, etc.).

Typical office and laboratory bending, stooping, lifting requirements apply.

Lifting and moving supplies and equipment (up to 25 pounds).

Antibody and virology, 2 years

Synectics is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Synectics is one of the nation's foremost staff augmentation firms, working with a client base that includes some of the leading institutions and Fortune 100 corporations in the United States. We seek to bring the most highly qualified professionals to assignments that they will find challenging and fulfilling. We also seek to justify our clients’ expectations that every Synectics consultant will bring the highest possible effort to their endeavors every day. Our success has depended on our consistent ability to achieve both of these goals. Synectics serves an extremely diverse client base which represents an equally diverse range of industries and institutions. The technologies we support have always been responsive to this extremely broad spectrum. In order to fully engage with this continually changing commercial and technological landscape, our employees must draw on their own varying interests, skills and backgrounds. This insight, reflected in our daily practices, has always been our fundamental strength as a company, and it continues to serve us well in all our efforts.

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