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Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Inc.
Gaithersburg, Maryland, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 10, 2021
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ORAU has a contingent job opportunity for a Biologist in support of the overall functions of the Vaccine Production Program, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), located in Gaithersburg, MD. The positions are contingent on award of an upcoming contract with NIAID Professional, Scientific and Technical Support Services. Salary for positions will be determined based on education and experience. Relocation support is not available for this position.

ORAU has been providing scientific and technical talent staffing solutions and designing, managing, and evaluating jobs and internships for more than 70 years. ORAU assists in connecting the best and most diverse group of students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and job opportunities, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.

  • Develop downstream (purification) processes, under the supervision of a project lead scientist, for recombinant proteins, virus vaccines, and virus-like particles (VLP) that may be used as clinical candidates.
  • Work collaboratively within the purification group to design, develop and optimize chromatography and filtration step unit operations to support process development of clinical trial vaccine candidates and mAb products.
  • Purify research-phase recombinant proteins, virus vaccines and/or virus-like particles in support of other groups or external collaborators.
  • Work to prepare necessary materials (buffers, packed columns, etc.) in support of downstream process activities.
  • Support technology transfer of processes to Lab's Pilot Plant for manufacture of clinical product through document generation and on-site support.
  • Write and review technical protocols and reports.
  • Analyze and compile data, present at various group/department meetings.

  • Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • 1-2 yr experience in recombinant protein purification development for GMP clinical-phase products.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintaining accurate and detailed records.
  • Must be a team player who can effectively work with members from cross-functional departments.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with computer software including word processing and data evaluation

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