Research Scientist I- HBV Discovery Virology

Ref. Number: 34870

Location: United States - California - Foster City

Functional Area: Research

Position Type: Regular

Working Hours: Full Time

Specific Responsibilities

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist with expertise in virology to take a leading role in our internal research efforts to identify new therapeutics for functional cure of chronic HBV infection. The selected candidate will be responsible for leading, conducting and coordinating key biological studies and experiments focused on the discovery, profiling and preclinical evaluation of novel treatment approaches including small molecules and biologics with a potential to clinically cure HBV infection. 

- Designing and overseeing the evaluation of new molecular targets, therapeutic concepts, and therapeutic agents for HBV Cure

-   Identifying and supporting relevant external collaborations and evaluations of business development opportunities in areas applicable to HBV cure

-   Building internal expertise in in vitro HBV infection models and regulation of HBV expression

-   Introducing new tools, assays, and models relevant to HBV infection and treatment

-   Participating in multidisciplinary team efforts including leading specific parts of projects

-  Presenting regular research updates to project teams and R&D management

 

Essential Duties and Job Functions

Independently plans, executes and proposes experiments that support non-routine research activities and project goals.
Demonstrates advanced level of understanding of project goals and methods.
Independently selects appropriate methods and techniques in performing experiments.
Designs new experiments to advance scientific knowledge of drug substances or techniques to identify such substances.
Recommends alternatives, researches new methods and techniques and proactively seeks out senior personnel to propose potential solutions to problems.
May lead functional group meetings.

Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work in a fully independent manner.
Independently writes technical reports and technical presentations within area of expertise
Works independently and determines methods and techniques on new or difficult assignments.
Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires comprehensive evaluation of many factors.
Serves as an area expert with notable technical depth for projects and for other employees.
Maintains high level of expertise through familiarity with relevant scientific and technical literature and applies it appropriately to research projects.
Uses strong communication skills (both verbal and technical) and interpersonal skills to communicate objectives and results.
Must think critically and creatively and be able to work independently, determine appropriate resources for resolution of problems and have strong organizational and planning skills.
Thinks critically and creatively and generates ideas and executes those ideas to positively impact project goals
Responsible for conducting scientific research for the discovery of drugs, the development of drug candidates or the research support of marketed drugs.
Applies the principles and techniques of biology to potential inventions, products and problems.
Works under supervision of more senior scientists or scientific directors to identify and validate targets, advance the development of economical, state-of-the art techniques to develop, produce, and/or characterize materials or tools for the discovery and development of new therapeutic agents.
Plans, designs, implements and analyzes laboratory experimentation to advance scientific knowledge of drug substances or techniques to identify such substances.
May advise Research Associates or members of project teams in the initiation and execution of laboratory experimentation, considering economic and safety factors.
Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
Maintains full working knowledge of principles and theories, applying such knowledge to the research direction that supports Company interests.
Technical proficiency, scientific creativity, and collaboration with others are used to suggest experimental design and research strategy.
Must think critically and creatively and be able to work independently, determine appropriate resources for resolution of problems and have strong organizational and planning skills.
Participates in group meetings. Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
May make contributions to scientific literature and conferences through publication and presentation of research results.
Excellent communication skills (both verbal and technical) and strong interpersonal skills are required.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills


PhD in related scientific discipline with 0+ years of industry experience.
BS or MS degree with extensive industry experience and track record of positive impact on project goals.

-  In-depth knowledge of virology preferred. Knowledge in the area of functional genetic screening tools, including genome-wide knockout approaches and related strategies a plus

- A strong applicant will have extensive skill sets in cell biology, molecular biology and assay development

- Excellent written and oral communication skills

Strong motivation, independence, and ability to work in a high-pace multidisciplinary environment with minimal supervision

- Ability to think independently and fully integrate into a high achieving team environment

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