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Virology Associate

Our client is a pioneer in Drug Discovery and Development and one of the frontrunners in Personalised Healthcare. As the world`s largest R&D spender in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics domain, they work in a vast number of drug discovery & therapeutic areas and are highly recognized internationally. 

We are currently looking for Virology Associates for a 08-month contract (with possibility for extension) based in Basel, Switzerland.

These positions are in the Virology Group of the Department of Infectious Diseases in the Immunology, Infectious Disease and Opthalmology disease therapuetic area. These positions are in the Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development group where the focus is on new target discovery, compound development, and early clinical development of novel therapeutics. The team focuses on hepatitis B virus biology with the aim of developing antiviral medications.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Designing, performing and analyzing experiments independently
  • Assay optimization and development
  • Routine culture and care of human cell cultures and cell lines
  • Virus propagation, purification and analysis
  • PCR based analysis (real time, digital droplet, etc) of cellular and viral gene expression
  • Southern blot analysis of HBV cccDNA
  • Western blot based determination of protein expression levels
  • ELISA based monitoring of protein levels in animal sera and cell culture supernatants
  • Nucleic acid and protein extraction from cell cultures and animal tissue samples
  • Assisting scientists with additional techniques with direct supervision
  • Routine molecular biology work
  • Quantification of biomolecules (DNA, RNA, proteins)
  • Data analysis and interpretation (Microsoft Excel, Graphpad PRISM, etc)
  • Writing of research reports derived from the performed studies (as part of a team)
  • Identifying novel drug targets and developing methods to exploit those targets (as part of a team)

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required
  • B.S. or related degree in biology or a closely related discipline
  • Two years of relevant research experience in virology
  • M.S. level associates encouraged to apply
  • Prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry is beneficial
  • Ability to conduct modern molecular virology/biology experiments as part of a team
  • Willingness to work under BSL2/3 conditions with infectious agents is required
  • Experience in molecular virology
  • Experience in PCR based detection of gene
  • Experience protein level determination by Western blot and ELISA based assay
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture
  • Experience in nucleic acid and protein extraction from cell and tissue samples and quantification
  • Experience in hepatitis B virus is beneficial
  • Highly collaborative team focused approach to scientific research
  • Excellent communication, organization, and planning skills and an excellent command of English
  • Prior hepatitis B vaccination

  • Nice to Have:
  • Experience in hepatitis B virus biology
  • MS or Ph.D. level degree acceptable
  • Primary human hepatocyte culture experience

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