Positions in virology and vaccine development

1/2/2015 11:59:46 AM

In the spirit of flu season, I decided to focus on careers in virology this week. Virology can be considered an offshoot of microbiology or immunology (or both), and those with experience in biochemistry or cell biology also might have transferable skill sets. Many of the jobs related to virology involve the design and testing of vaccines, so knowledge of pharmaceuticals and biologics also could be helpful if you are looking for a job in this field.

There were a surprising number of academic and industrial postdoc positions in virology. So, if you’re a recent or soon-to-be Ph.D. with an interest in viruses, now looks like a great time to be getting your CV out there and applying! If you don’t have a Ph.D., I also found some positions that require a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Are you interested in an area other than virology? Check out some of the other posts I’ve written about neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, cancer biology, lipid research, bioinformatics, stem cell research, translational research, microscopy, pathology, genomics, developmental biology, microbiology, biodefense, and biochemistry jobs. Looking for other tips on how to search for jobs? I wrote posts on networking, strategies for job searching, and how to decipher a job post. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback or suggestions. Leave a comment or reach out to ASBMB on Twitter or Facebook!

Nonacademic jobs

Leidos (Frederick, Md.) seeks a senior biomedical life scientist to provide scientific assessment, research, developmental program analysis and program-management advice and support to the infectious disease research programs for the Department of Defense. Emphasis will be on the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic devices for viral diseases such as dengue virus, hantavirus and Chikungunya. Requires a Ph.D. or equivalent, at least five years of independent research experience in areas relevant to infectious diseases, and knowledge of medical product-development activity for infectious disease drugs, vaccines and/or diagnostics.

Be the technical director at WuXi AppTec (Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Minn.) and serve as a key technical expert with the sales team and senior management for clients, prospective clients and internal groups. Act as the technical representative for toxicology, materials characterization and risk assessments. Stay current on regulations and industry trends, and participate in relevant trade show meetings. Requires a Ph.D. or master’s degree in combination with a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology certification, as well as solid knowledge of the contract research organization, pharmaceutical and/or biotech industries.

Genentech (South San Francisco) seeks a senior research associate in biomarkers and Immunology/Virology. Join the Immunology, Tissue Growth & Repair Biomarker Group within the developmental sciences department. Design and implement biomarkers for programs in metabolism, infectious diseases, neuroscience and ophthalmology. Identify and profile biomarkers in preclinical models and implement diagnostic and pharmacodynamic assays in clinical trials of novel therapeutics. Requires a B.S. or M.S. with at least three years’ experience in a biotech or academic research environment. The ideal candidate is a proactive, initiating, and independent science-savvy researcher.

Be a virology lead discovery scientist at Novartis (Emeryville, Calif.). Be a critical part of the effort to discover small-molecule drugs for treating viral infections. Use state-of-the-art biochemical and biophysical techniques to identify and characterize chemical scaffolds, driving initiation and advancement of drug-discovery projects from target validation through clinical candidate selection. Requires a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics or a related field with at least three years of relevant postgraduate experience and an in-depth knowledge of both theory and practice for enzymological and biophysical techniques.

Looking for an industrial postdoc? Gilead (Foster City, Calif.) seeks a postdoctoral scientist in clinical virology/bioinformatics. Analyze hepatitis C virus deep-sequencing data to evaluate development of drug resistance to pan-genotypic anti-HCV compounds. Research the relationship between the treatment response and dynamics of HCV viral quasispecies in patients undergoing treatment with investigational HCV compounds. Work with other scientists in the virology group and develop your independence relating to design, execution and interpretation of experiments. Requires a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline, such as molecular biology, virology or bioinformatics.

Academic and government jobs

Be a postdoctoral fellow at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and conduct research activities spanning food microbiology, food processing and food virology while taking a lead role in developing mitigation strategies to reduce foodborne pathogens. Requires a Ph.D. in food science, microbiology, food virology or a related field, or experience with food microbiology/virology and food processing.

Emory University (Atlanta) seeks a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology/immunology to develop universal influenza vaccines with protein nanopartical platforms and test vaccine candidates to protect lab animals. The position is hosted in the lab of Baozhong Wang and requires a Ph.D. and a background in immunology or virology.

Be a research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta). Conduct new, complex research to support evidence-based studies in influenza virus molecular evolution for public health purposes. Conceive and design research studies in response to the CDC’s needs for better understanding of molecular mechanisms of host specificity, pathogenicity, attenuation and resistance to licensed and experimental antiviral drugs. Develop and evaluate procedures for molecular surveillance of influenza to detect changes in the virus genome that may confer changes in antigenicity, drug resistance, host-range specificity or reactivity with diagnostic assays. Requires a bachelor’s or higher degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry or basic medical science.