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Senior Scientist at Nonprofit Biotech Full-time

at Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) New York in New York (Published at 09-08-2022)

Access to Advanced Health Institute is a Seattle-based nonprofit biotech institute that is undergoing a transformation to lead a global coalition to fight infectious disease and address health disparities and inequities worldwide. We think it?s unfair that where a person lives or how much money they make dictates their access to life-changing medicine. We?re looking for people who want to join us in increasing accessibility to tools that harness the immune system and allow a healthy life, free of illness and disease, regardless of geography or socio-economic status ? from compassion and collaboration come change.

We will serve as a center for innovation and collaboration in vaccine and cancer immunotherapy research and development, early-phase GMP manufacturing, and training the next generation of scientists and manufacturing teams to achieve our mission. This is where the high-quality science of an academic research organization and the product-development capabilities of a biotech company meet.


The Senior Scientist, RNA Vaccine Program, will be responsible for broadening the applications of AAHI?s RNA vaccine platform to a wide range of infectious disease and oncology targets. The position will lead a growing, multi-level, early development team to create novel vaccine constructs, design and interpret pre-clinical studies of vaccine candidates, and work with a broad group of scientists and staff to bring RNA vaccine candidates to the initiation of Phase 1 clinical studies. This position will also work closely with the science leads and project managers to evaluate, prioritize, track, manage and communicate internally and externally on critical new strategic vaccine efforts.


  • Help plan and execute RNA vaccine-related research and development projects.
  • Lead a vaccine research group in the timely completion of vaccine research and development studies from preclinical to early clinical stages.
  • Work closely with regulatory teams to ensure effective IND-enabling data collection, IND preparation, and submission.
  • Participate in strategic planning and business development.
  • Record and present data in-house, externally, and for publication.
  • Supervise, direct, and support highly collaborative scientific teams.
  • Prepare and review patent documentation.
  • Support QC and GMP tech transfer.
  • Maintain animal protocols and documentation; obtain and maintain restricted drug access to support animal studies.
  • Write scientific reports for partners and for publication.
  • Assist in and/or lead preparation and submission of grants for independent and/or institutional funding.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in microbiology, virology, immunology, molecular biology, biological engineering, or related discipline.
  • At least 5 years? experience working in the development of vaccines for infectious diseases with increasing levels of scientific independence.
  • Experience managing large or complex scientific projects.
  • Understands the design, development, and execution of pre-clinical and clinical research programs and studies.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office [Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, PowerPoint], Adobe Acrobat, and statistical software.
  • Preferred experience working in the industry to advance vaccine candidates.
  • Ability to successfully communicate and collaborate with internal and external partners.
  • Highly developed organizational skills and advanced attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Foreign language skills a plus.
  • Professionally handle and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Exceptional critical thinking, risk management and mitigation, and problem-solving skills.


We offer a comprehensive compensation plan which includes: ??

  • Medical, Dental, Vision?
  • Up to 6?weeks' Vacation?and Sick pay?
  • Group Life, AD&D, Short-term Disability?
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (HSA and?Dependent Care)?
  • Matching 401(k) Retirement Plan?
  • Commuter benefits?
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)?
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Mindfullness/Fitness App Subscription

Vaccination Requirement:

Due to the threat of more infectious and deadly COVID-19 variant strains emerging, we recently announced a new mandatory vaccination policy requiring our employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We will make reasonable accommodations for valid exemptions based on disability, medical, or religious reasons. With this policy, AAHI joins a growing list of companies that are prioritizing sound science and available facts to best ensure the ongoing safety of employees and the community.

We do not discriminate. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to inclusion and encourage everyone to bring their full selves to work. We are an E-Verify Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: One location

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