SCIENTIST 2 HIV RESEARCH
The Scientist 2 is responsible for providing study support for the planning and execution of HIV research and drug discovery/development project work, usually under the direction of a study director or senior study director. The position functions as a subject matter expert within the organization. Individuals in this role will aid in the conduct of studies, compiling and evaluating data, and assembling study files. Individual may function independently as a study director with appropriate experience. In the role of study director, has oversight of the scientific elements of projects to ensure successful completion and/or implementation, and analyzes and reports results for publication or to sponsors. Provides instruction to other members of the project team; and collaborates with other senior members of the staff on projects/research
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Performs role of Scientific Subject Matter Expert (SME) on commercial and government contracts.
- Aids senior study directors or serves independently as study director on studies for commercial and government sponsors.
- Distributes study protocols, amendments, and departmental notifications; prepares/reviews data collection systems/forms as needed; schedules and assists with conduct of pre-study meetings.
- Reviews Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) associated with study conduct and incorporates language into the protocol describing procedures or processes when necessary.
- Executes in vitro biochemical and cell-based assays to support HIV drug discovery projects.
- Analyzes data and prepares presentations for team and client meetings.
- Manages potential project risk and ensures that unforeseen circumstances that may affect the quality or integrity of the study is noted and corrective action is taken and documented.
- Performs specific techniques to test biological and biochemical activity of compounds and correctly utilize experimental apparatus and equipment specific to department/laboratory.
- Ensures that the protocol and/or scope of work is consistent with the contract.
- May create and maintain the study file (electronic) and/or study binders (hard copy).
- Observes appropriate safety and study requirements by reading, understanding, and following SOP requirements and study protocols.
- Participates in all required training.
- Ensures all experimental data, including observations of unanticipated responses are accurately recorded and verified.
- Manages studies within time and budget constraints.
- Performs other duties as may be required by supervisor.
- Ph.D. or equivalent in life sciences discipline with a minimum of 2 years’ experience conducting HIV research.
- Knowledge and ability to use the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of the particular field of specialization.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels internally and externally to the organization.
- Proficient with software applications (Windows, Microsoft Word, Project, Excel or other database software).
- Highly detail oriented; possesses good planning, organization, task efficiency, and time management skills.
- Working knowledge of or the ability to learn and utilize specialty software applications (e.g. laboratory information management systems, etc.).
- Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Work Environment & Conditions
This position is in a laboratory environment, including BSL-3, and requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including (but not limited to):
- Eye protection (Safety glasses and/or full-face shield)
- Respirator (varies based on tasks and barrier requirements)
- Tyvek/scrub suits
- Nitrile (or equivalent) gloves (varies based on tasks)
- Hearing protection (varies based on tasks)
Immunizations are required for this position and are determined by the study/agent. Some examples include Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Smallpox, Polio, and Influenza.
This position requires the following physical abilities including (but not limited to):
- Performing work with utilizing a computer for extended periods of time.
- Sitting for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
- Standing for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
- Wearing a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) and performing work in a BSL-3 laboratory for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.