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Analytical Scientist I, Protein Biochemistry Team

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Start date
31 Jan 2023
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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R & D
Full Time
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Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Job Details

If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place.

Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world’s most pressing infectious diseases. We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS, and SARS. Hard-won lessons and significant advances illustrate that our proven technology has tremendous potential to make a substantial contribution to public health worldwide.

Our scientists are committed to developing vaccine candidates for some of the world’s toughest viral threats by utilizing the power of our innovative recombinant nanoparticle vaccine platform. Our vaccine technology combines the power and speed of genetic engineering with the immunogenicity enhancing properties of our Matrix-M™ adjuvant to efficiently produce highly immunogenic particles targeting some of the most pressing viral infectious diseases.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

Summary of the Position :

Novavax is seeking experienced Analytical Scientist I to join our team Analytical Development Protein Biochemistry Team. The qualified individual should have experience on sample testing and product characterization using electrophoretic technologies such as SDS-PAGE, Osmolality, pH, Appearance, total protein analysis including A280 and Western Blot. Experience or knowledge on other analytical technology such as cell-based assays is a plus. The position is responsible for in-process sample testing of biological products to support process development, formulation and qualification/validation of in-process testing assays. The position requires initiation and involvement in the development and qualification/validation of assays, OOS investigations and troubleshooting, writing SOP, development report and qualification/validation report. The ideal candidate will make detailed observations, analyze data, interpret results, and exercise appropriate technical judgment in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments.

This person will report to the Sr. Scientist (Protein Biochemistry Supervisor)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to :

Development, formulation, validation by:
  • Develop, troubleshoot and/or optimize SDS-PAGE and Western Blot methods to ensure proper determination of sample purity and identity.
  • Responsible for leading experimental designs to characterize Drug Substance and Drug Product materials for various batches generated from NVAX and/or CMO sites.
  • Follow SOP to test in-process samples using SDS-PAGE densitometry, Western Blot, Osmolality, pH, Appearance, and Total Protein via A280 to support process development and stability studies of nanoparticle vaccines.
  • Analyze gel image data using Image Lab and document in-process testing data.
  • Responsible for drafting qualification and/or validation protocols for test methods to evaluate in-process samples
  • Present sample testing data at internal meetings.
  • Apply scientific expertise to select appropriate assays for the characterization and quality control.
  • Provide scientific guidance for data interpretation, analysis and suitability of test methods, keeps abreast of relevant technology development and assists with implementation of new technologies.
  • Implement and maintain GMP compliant instruments and testing where required, keep up-to-date on relevant quality, regulatory, and GMP environments.
  • Train departmental staff on assays.
  • Clear and effective communication with stake holders within and across relevant departments and project teams.

Minimum requirements :
  • BS or a MS with a degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or equivalent.
  • 2+ years of related or Biopharma experience.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities to adequately record, analyze, and document analytical data generated in support of regulatory requirements.
  • Support testing and analysis in the vaccine sciences department (run assays, perform testing and analysis, prepare samples, maintain, and review lab documentation).
  • Training or experience with microbiological lab techniques a plus (such as sample analysis, mammalian cell culture, cell line maintenance, passaging of cells, molecular techniques or similar relative experience).
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Time management and project management skills.
  • Proven problem solving and troubleshooting abilities.
  • Ability to cross-train on sample preparation techniques with another laboratory group.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative work environment with a team.
  • Ability to be flexible with a workload and work schedule.

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Except where prohibited by applicable state law, this position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation or qualify for an exemption.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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Brief Company Description; 

We are a biotechnology company committed to help address serious infectious disease globally through the discovery, development, and delivery of innovative vaccines to patients around the world.

Our mission

We never rest in our quest to protect the health of people everywhere.

Novavax is here to make a difference. We’re a biotech company focused solely on developing life-saving vaccines to fight infectious diseases.

What sets us apart? Solid science tested by decades of research. Vaccines developed from trusted technology that are both safe and efficacious.

And a global network that will help ensure our vaccines reach everyone who needs them.

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21 Firstfield Rd
United States

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