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Scientist II/ Sr. Scientist (Biophysical)

Company: Affinivax Inc.
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

About Affinivax

Affinivax is a Cambridge-based clinical-stage biotechnology company with a novel, next-generation approach to the development of vaccines and immunotherapies targeting infectious and other immune-mediated diseases. This novel and highly efficient vaccine technology - called Multiple Antigen Presenting System (MAPS) - enables the high-affinity binding of protective polysaccharides as well as proteins in a single vaccine, uniquely inducing a broad and protective B-cell and T-cell immune response.

Our vision is to take a major step forward in vaccine innovation to prevent and combat a wide range of infectious and other immune-mediated diseases, protecting infants and adults in our communities and making a meaningful impact on global public health. Affinivax is focused on developing vaccines for the most challenging bacterial infections, with a goal of improving upon existing vaccines and providing solutions for where there are no vaccines or prevention strategies available today.

The role---

Affinivax is currently seeking a highly motivated scientist to use his/her expertise in assay development. The Analytical Development Team at Affinivax is responsible for the development and qualification of assays to support IND-enabling toxicology studies and clinical trials. This position is ideally suited for someone with extensive experience in biophysical analytical method development and qualification and CRO/CMO management.

You will have the opportunity to---

  • Lead, design, develop, qualify, and implement biophysical assays to support early and late-stage vaccine development programs.
  • Oversee and facilitate analytical method transfer to CRO and CMO.
  • Provide technical support for analytical method development, qualification, validation, and operation at CRO and CMO to ensure the delivery of high-quality data within defined timelines.
  • Author, review, and approve SOPs, study protocols, reports, and other scientific and quality documents.
  • Mentor and supervise staff and be responsible for the quality and accuracy of the work done by others. Technical expert for data review and interpretation
  • Present scientific data to cross functional teams and effectively communicates critical issues and solutions to staff at all levels within the organization.
    Who you are and what you bring to the team---
    • Ph.D. (Biochemistry, Analytical chemistry, or related discipline) with minimum of 5 years of post-graduate industry GLP/GMP experience.
    • Extensive hands-on working experience in analytical method development and qualification with an in-depth knowledge of HPLC, SEC-MALS, CE, and plate-based colorimetric assay including both theory and practice is required. Dionex and NMR experience is a plus.
    • The ability to work successfully in both a team/matrix environment as well as independently is essential.
    • Experience in running stability protocols with associated experimental planning and data collection and analysis.
    • Strong ability to multi-task and willingness to work effectively in a highly collaborative and diverse environment as a team player with a strong work ethic.
    • Able to maintain written records in the form of laboratory notebooks.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment.
      What We Offer
      • Competitive compensation
      • Medical and Dental plans (BCBS), employer-paid at 85%
      • Vision Insurance, employer-paid at 100%
      • Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability
      • Flexible Spending Accounts/Health Savings Accounts
      • Wellness Benefits
      • 401(k) Plan with a 4% match
      • Tuition Reimbursement
      • Generous PTO package
      • 11 paid holidays, plus Holiday Shutdown
      • Pet Insurance
      • Subsidized Parking
      • Commuter Reimbursement Program
      • Brand new facility in Kendall Square
        Please Note

        In accordance with Affinivax's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a COVID-19 vaccine policy to protect the health of our employees and their families, our visitors, and the community at large from COVID-19. This policy requires all employees, contractors, and temporary workers, to (1) obtain an approved vaccination and provide proof of vaccination or (2) request an accommodation for a medical or religious exemption. Our policy is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

        Affinivax is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, status as a veteran or as a member of the military or status in any group protected by applicable federal or state laws.


        All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at Affinivax via email, the internet, or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of Affinivax, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by Affinivax for this position and a valid agreement with Affinivax is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the Affinivax agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.

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