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HIV Vaccine Translational Research Project

Recruitment Notice No: THS / RN / 11 /2016 

Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), India and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), USA have set up a collaborative program entitled “HIV Vaccine Translational Research” (HVTR) to accelerate and advance HIV vaccine research and development. The unique industrial-type high-throughput vaccine design, screening Page 2 of 5 and selection processes proposed will be largely facilitated by interdisciplinary interaction and thus driven by principles of international collaboration, high-quality science and vaccine-oriented applied research.

To strengthen its research mission, “HIV Vaccine Translational Research” (HVTR) is seeking to fill the positions of Scientist and Senior Scientist. The details of these positions are provided below. 

Applications are invited from suitable candidates for the following positions:

1. Name of the scientific positions:

(i) Senior Scientist – Two positions

(ii) Scientist – Three positions

Qualification & Experience :

Sr. Scientist/Scientist for Immunology / Immuno-pathogenesis position: PhD or an equivalent degree in Immunology/ Virology/ Biotechnology/ Microbiology/ Immunology or any

other disciplines of Life Sciences. Good understanding of immunology with experiences of working with primary cells, Tand/or B-cells, mammalian cell culture, purification of antibodies, ELISA, Western blotting, flow cytometry.

Desirable :

Experience of working with infectious primary cells (preferably HIV positive cells), e.g., PBMC; isolation and dissemination of primary immune cells with particularly B-cells, single cell sorting (hands on experience to use cell sorter; e.g., FACS ARIA), cloning of IgG chains, experience in Real Time PCR, experience in B-cell biology work; good understanding on HIV biology, immunology and vaccinology. Candidates with a minimum post-PhD experience of 3 years for Sr. Scientist, and 1 year for Scientist, possessing essential & desirable qualifications as described above would be preferred.

Candidates with a minimum post-PhD experience of 3 years for Sr. Scientist, and 1 year for Scientist, possessing essential & desirable qualifications as described above would be preferred.

Sr. Scientist/Scientist for Virology & Molecular Biology position:

PhD or an equivalent degree in Virology/Biotechnology/Microbiology/Immunology or any other disciplines of Life Sciences. Good understanding of virology with experience of working with viruses both at the basic and molecular level and not limited to PCR, molecular cloning, gene expression, mammalian cell culture, ELISA, Western blotting and gene sequencing.

Desirable: Preparation and purification of viruses via mammalian cell culture, virus neutralization assays, site-directed mutagenesis, knowledge and hands on experience working on bioinformatics; good understanding of HIV biology, immunology and vaccinology

Candidates with a minimum post-PhD experience of 3 years for Sr. Scientist, and 1 year for Scientist, possessing essential & desirable qualifications as described above would be preferred.

Key Responsibilities:

Manage, mentor and train the technical staff to meet the goals of the projects and the needs of THSTI-IAVI program.

  • To take an active lead in the maintenance and development of laboratory processes and procedures
  • To ensure consistently high quality outputs and effective execution adhering to GLP-like procedures
  • To set goals/targets for the projects of the lab in consultation with principal investigators and research on the projects to produce effective solutions
  • Provide interpretation of results, guidance and scientific support to the scientific team as required
  • Keep complete records of experimental work and provide full and detailed reports and data used to support product license applications and patents as and when required
  • To foster information sharing and report research and development progress to principal investigators highlighting, in particular risks, issues and probable solutions
  • Be an important part of the strategic team led by Program Director for planning the scientific work plan and assist project development by supplying technical input for the preparation of proposals based on the results and/or publications
  • To be able to effectively communicate technical activities (both verbally and in writing) to all levels within the THSTI-IAVI program and externally when required
  • To provide key technical input and implementation strategies which could influence/drive the THSTI-IAVI program’s short and long term objectives.
  • To represent the lab on a purely scientific level at national and international meetings.
  • To write scientific papers for publication in refereed journals and to act as an acknowledged research expert in the chosen field.

Key Capabilities:

  • The successful candidate should have a strong foundation in science and be an experienced vaccine scientist with a commitment to the design and advancement of HIV vaccines Significant record of professional accomplishment including publications, patents and public speaking
  • Believes in the potential of collaborative approaches to problem solving; able to contribute to and follow the project plan with minimal guidance from the Principal Scientist Page 4 of 5 Experienced in mentoring
  • Ability to manage short-term and long-term lab resource needs of the set objectives Effective scientific communicator as evidenced by publications and presentations at scientific meetings
  • An understanding of priority-setting, resource management and the bridgebuilding required to foster scientific cooperation
  • Encourages open communication and participation with an emphasis on transparency and the sharing of information
  • Able to handle challenging situations, including daunting tasks and complex interpersonal issues, with a calm, assured, unflagging approach that keeps all “eyes on the prize”
  • A champion of innovation who responds to complex problems and challenges by applying new perspectives and exploring a variety of relevant possible solutions
  • A team player and team-builder who is willing to work with and patiently align diverse stakeholders who maintain their individual autonomy and decisionmaking

Consolidated monthly emoluments & Age limit :

(i) Senior Scientist Rs. 72,000/- Age Limit : 50 years

(ii) Scientist Rs. 60,000/- Age Limit : 40 years

How to Apply : 

Interested candidates may please email in their application duly mentioning the recruitment notice no. with a cover note, current curriculum vitae and bibliography, together with a brief description of past and present scholarly interests and accomplishments and names of three references to Head-Administration, THSTI at [email protected] on or before 15th April 2016.

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