Associate Scientist – Analytical Development, NanoFlu


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Gaithersburg, MD

Job Description

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Job Overview:

**Except where prohibited by applicable state law, this position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation or qualify for an exemption.**

If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place.

Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world’s most pressing infectious diseases.  We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS, and SARS. Hard-won lessons and significant advances illustrate that our proven technology has tremendous potential to make a substantial contribution to public health worldwide.

Our scientists are committed to developing vaccine candidates for some of the world’s toughest viral threats by utilizing the power of our innovative recombinant nanoparticle vaccine platform.  Our vaccine technology combines the power and speed of genetic engineering with the immunogenicity enhancing properties of our Matrix-M™ adjuvant to efficiently produce highly immunogenic particles targeting some of the most pressing viral infectious diseases.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

Summary of the Position:

Novavax is seeking an Associate Scientist in the Influenza Analytical Development group to provide technical and documentation support. This role is responsible for contributing to the method development, qualification, and technology transfer for analytical methods to support the Influenza and Coronavirus/Influenza Combination (CIC) programs at Novavax. The qualified individual will bring experience in relevant analytical technologies, such as ELISA, BLI, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, or PCR. The position will perform in-process testing, as needed, to support the Process Development, Formulation Development, and Manufacturing teams, in addition to method development and qualification. This position will report to the Senior Scientist, Analytical Development.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead design and execution of method development, qualification, and technology transfer into the Quality Control team or external testing teams, as needed
  • Write, review, and edit standard operating procedures, test methods, protocols, and reports
  • Analyze, Interpret, and present scientific data to internal and external meetings
  • Utilize design of experiment (DOE) and other statistical data analysis to support a quality by design approach to method lifecycle
  • Keeps accurate testing records and assures that laboratory equipment has been calibrated, standardized, and monitored as appropriate
  • Coordinates activities of and trains junior team members
  • Maintains familiarity with scientific literature and applies appropriately to research projects.
  • Assists in the maintenance of the lab including routine housekeeping activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • A minimum of: Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of experience OR Master’s degree with at least 3 years’ experience.
  • Knowledge of analytical methodologies, such as:
    • ELISA and other immunoassay techniques like Vaxarray, BLI (Octet), SPR, Luminex or MSD
    • SDS-PAGE, Western Blot
    • Picogreen, PCR or other molecular biology techniques
  • Experience with Method Qualification, Technology Transfer, and Validation of analytical methods per ICH guidelines preferred
  • Experience in statistical data analysis and design of experiments (DOE) in JMP or equivalent software is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Exemplary multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Strong team player

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.