Job ID: #9617

Virology Scientist

Rochester, MN
Science Science
Research & Development

Position located in Rochester, MN


Responsibilities of the Virology Scientist:

  • Independently design, rescue and characterize (in vitro) novel viruses or viral vectors.
  • Plan and execute scientific research projects under minimal supervision.
  • Collect, analyze, and present scientific data to the research and management teams; with proposed next steps.
  • Use various engineering technologies to develop modified eukaryotic cell lines.
  • Use basic and advanced molecular cloning techniques to generate constructs for vector production and cell modification.
  • Develop, optimize, and perform molecular and cell-based assays for characterization of viruses and viral vectors.
  • Be self-motivated and driven to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Coordinate research efforts and make key scientific and technical contributions for the strategic development of cross-functional projects.
  • The candidate will perform independent experimental research but will work in close collaboration with the rest of the scientific team in a highly cross-functional and project-oriented environment.


Requirements of the Virology Scientist:

  • A Ph.D. or masters in Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Virology, or a related field.
  • Must be proficient in molecular cloning.
  • Must have experience in the cloning and production (engineering) of lentiviral vectors or have the background and skills to master in a short period of time.
  • Experience optimizing experimental procedures to improve efficiency or product yields.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Valued Complementary Skills of the Virology Scientist:

  • Eukaryotic cell culture skills: flow cytometry, cell proliferation, cell viability, and cell cloning.
  • Molecular biology skills: qPCR, RT-PCR, ddPCR, and western blot.
  • Virology skills: viral analytics (plaque assay, TCID50, IFA), virus production and amplification, and design, rescue, and characterization of negative sense single stranded RNA viruses.

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