Lead Virologist (Biologist IV)

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Employer
Battelle Memorial Institute
Location
West Jefferson, Ohio, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 16, 2021
Closes
Aug 01, 2021
Ref
2254701018
Discipline
Genetics
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Battelle delivers when others can't. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients-whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
JOB SUMMARY
Battelle is seeking a Lead Virologist/Biologist IV (Site Lead) to support the mission of the CDC Vaccine Preparedness Team (VPT) within the Virology, Surveillance, and Diagnosis Branch (VSDB), which is responsible for the generation of vaccines to protect the public from emerging/pandemic viruses.
Under the supervision of the VPT Team Lead, the successful candidate will lead a special team to generate Candidate Vaccine Viruses (CVVs) in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulatory requirements and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. The applicant will be self-motivated, a proven team leader and must have strong expertise in molecular virology and/or classical virology. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in reverse genetics of influenza viruses, working with respiratory viruses in Biosafety Level 3 environments, GLP laboratories, and/or the use of laboratory animals (e.g., mice or ferrets). The position is in Battelle's West Jefferson laboratories (Columbus, OH area) .
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Lead a team of researchers for Candidate Vaccine Viruses (CVV) production in compliance with FDA GLP regulatory requirements and WHO recommendations
- Manage technical quality, business ethics and staff performance to attain high quality research and development work. Develop, implement and respond to quality assurance and control policies.
- Must have sufficient communication skills to effectively interact with top management internally and within client organization, consultants, and staff. Requires critical human relation skills to understand, select, develop, and motivate others. Requires evidenced ability to lead others in the achievement of goals.
- Participate in the selection, training, development, and motivation of staff to establish and maintain a quality operation with a focus on the needs, goals, and deliverables of the client.
- Develop and maintain client relationships to ensure communications are open and consistent.
- Maintain a high level of client involvement to remain sensitive to client needs and respond in a timely manner.
- Collaborate and follow direction from VPT Team Lead and VSDB leadership to produce GLP-CVVs within requested timeline
- Engineer, troubleshoot and rescue CVVs from cell cultures using reverse genetics technology in compliance with GLP guidelines
- Propagate and characterize CVVs by genomic, virological, and immunological analyses
- Meet urgent demands of mitigating emerging influenza viruses with pandemic potential
- Maintain organization and proficiency in Biosafety Level 3 laboratory
- Clearly and consistently communicate progress orally and in writing with technical monitor and other researchers
- Assist the technical monitor with preparation of reports, presentations, and papers for publication in scientific journals.
- Ensure team members adhere to GLP regulations, biosafety regulations, and other regulations
THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED
- PhD, MD, DVM or equivalent plus more than 5 years of relevant experience in Virology
- 5-10 years of experience supervising a research laboratory
- US Citizen.
- Expertise with influenza virus in cell cultures and animal models. Strong knowledge in immunology is desired.
- Excellence in writing, critical thinking, study planning, and experiment design demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and competitive grants:
- Two or more research papers published as corresponding author
- Two or more research grants as Principal Investigator from NIH or other grant agencies
- Highly motivated person with meticulous working habits, precise record-keeping, and strong organizational skills
- Extensive interpersonal and management skills, with ability to work independently and collaboratively with other scientists and laboratorians
- The selected candidate will have to obtain and maintain a CDC security clearance
LEGAL DISCLAIMER
The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.
BENEFITS
Battelle's competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.
Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.
For more information about our other openings, please visit www.battelle.org/careers

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