Senior Scientist - Immunology, Vaccinology, Virology

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted in Pharmaceuticals

Job Info

States considered: Michigan

Role Description Scientist or Senior Scientist - Immunology, Vaccinology, Virology

Zoetis Veterinary Medicine Research and Development (VMRD), Swine Biologicals group in Kalamazoo, MI is seeking a senior scientist to work in a collaborative effort to further efforts in vaccine discovery and development to support introduction of novel products to the global swine industry. The successful candidate will be skilled in immunology, virology, and/or vaccinology. The individual will have demonstrated skills and expertise in the theory and practical application of hypothesis-based research and data interpretation. They will be hands-on in employing skills and experience in infectious disease and immunology to investigate and develop new methodologies to support the goals of vaccine development.

Position Summary

Zoetis is the largest animal health company in the world with an industry-leading research and development team. The VMRD, Swine Biologicals group conducts basic and applied research to support development of safe and effective vaccines for the global swine industry. We are recruiting a highly motivated senior scientist to investigate the porcine immune responses during infection as well as protection from infection/disease caused by major swine pathogens. This scientist may have a specific focus on applied immunology or virology (e.g. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus and Porcine Circovirus (PCV)).

Position Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in immunology and infectious disease, especially as it relates to vaccine technologies or biotherapeutic design, vaccine antigen identification, immune and cell-based assays, hypothesis testing, and data interpretation. The individual will work independently as a scientist, and as a member of a cross-functional team, to develop research strategies and testable hypotheses, conducting basic and/or applied research to address unmet needs in swine vaccine development. They will be a key team member in progressing biologic product discovery and development in a timely and efficient manner.

The individual will review, interpret, and apply relevant literature applicable to the research goal. They will develop specific, testable hypotheses and contribute expertise to: identify neutralizing epitopes in swine pathogens, characterize the immune response post vaccination or pathogen exposure, understand immunological mechanisms of vaccine-induced protection, and understand mechanism of action of large molecule biotherapeutics in swine. They will develop ex vivo and in vitro assays to test, measure, and characterize immune responses which may include developing methods to isolate and characterize populations of porcine cells by physical and immunological methods. They will develop protocols for in vivo testing of experimental vaccines and therapeutics. The individual will contribute to development of vaccines and biotherapeutics applying current, state of the art, and novel techniques.

The individual will work independently and in a team across functional groups to obtain and deploy Zoetis expertise required to further the research goals. They will direct and mentor other scientists in developing laboratory skills, including immunological assays. The individual will prepare internal and external presentations and publications as appropriate to support team, organizational, and personal goals.

Preferred Experience

The successful candidate should have experience in conducting hypothesis-based research in both in vitro and in vivo models. Experience with swine or livestock in a clinical or research setting is preferred. Experience and research focus in immunology, virology, or vaccinology. Experience in animal model development, particularly in swine and/or livestock. Familiarity with vaccine discovery process and ability to proactively apply practical laboratory experience in a cross-functional team is a plus.

Expertise in cytokine assays, for example: ELISA, ELISpot, Luminex, MSD or other cytokine quantification assays. Knowledge and interest in flow cytometric methods including phenotyping immune cells and conducting functional assays. Experience in maintenance of and experimentation with primary cells and cell lines, including sterile cell culture techniques. Knowledge of vertebrate virology, including propagation in cell culture and titration from clinical samples using cell culture methods and molecular testing methods. Experience with protein purification and analysis, including immunoprecipitation, Western blotting, biotinylation and other protein labeling methods. Experience in the next-generation sequencing, including single cell and whole genome sequencing techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD, DVM/PhD, or DVM/MS in immunology, vaccinology, or virology or closely related field, or DVM with relevant, independent research experience.

Full time



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