Associate Scientist - Biology II
Duration: 6 months
Location: Santa Monica, CA
We are seeking a highly motivated, creative, and collaborative individual with a background in immunology and strong interest in investigating novel approaches to achieve drug-free remission or cure of HIV infection. The goal of our team is to rigorously test the most promising of these approaches so that we can rapidly advance them to the clinic and meaningfully improve treatment options for people living with HIV. Primary responsibilities will include: designing, validating and performing novel cell-based immunology and virology assays; evaluating new targets and therapeutic approaches for curing HIV; supporting in vivo proof-of-concept studies in models of chronic HIV infection; understanding properties of the latent HIV reservoir in experimental models and clinical settings; interpreting results, proactively troubleshooting technical challenges and recommending potential solutions based on personal observations and/or literature searches. The work will be conducted in a highly interactive and collaborative multi-disciplinary scientific environment.
Essential Duties and Job Functions:
Plans and executes experiments that support research activities and project goals. Demonstrates and applies a high level of understanding of project goals and methods. With general guidance and direction selects appropriate methods and techniques in performing experiments. Recommends creative solutions to problems, researches new methods and techniques and may proactively seek out senior personnel to discuss potential solutions to problems. Works with limited to minimal supervision on projects of moderate scope and complexity. Participates in group meetings. Clearly presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
Typically requires a BS/BA degree in Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology or other related life science discipline and minimum 9+ years of relevant experience. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience in one or more of the following techniques: immune cell functional assays, multi-color FACS, primary cell isolation and culture, ELISA/Luminex, molecular biology techniques such as RNA/DNA isolation, qPCR, cloning and virus production. The candidate should be a creative and goal-oriented problem solver capable of working independently. The candidate must be able to process data and evaluate data quality, including recognizing anomalous and inconsistent results. The candidate should have mature organizational skills, strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams.