Associate Researcher

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Position Overview

Associate Researcher in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas in the Vaccine Analytics and Formulation Center.  The center is focused on the development of pharmaceutical formulations of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines.

Job Description

50% - Designing and execution of experiments

These duties include carrying out original research relative to the mission of the center. The center is focused on the development of pharmaceutical formulations of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines. Perform experiments on an individual basis that pertain to current research topics in the center including, analytical characterization of complex vaccine antigens using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and biophysical techniques, stabilization, bulk drug substance and drug product formulation development of a wide variety of macromolecules used as biopharmaceutical drugs and vaccines including peptides, proteins, and virus-like particles by elucidating the interrelated mechanism between physicochemical stability and loss of biological activity.

20% - Write reports and papers

Writes technical reports for the industrial clients, standard operating procedures of new and unique laboratory equipment and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals.  Additional responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of proposals to industry clients as well as for federal, state and charitable grant/contracts.

15% - Assist other center members with experiments

Assists the Director of the center, under the discretion and guidance of the principal investigator, to provide experimental and technical supervision of one or more technician, graduate student and/or post-doctoral researchers and/or fellows.
Trains staff in the use of specialized equipment as well coordinates the maintenance of laboratory equipment.  Equipment includes but not limited to mass spectrometer, capillary electrophoresis, octet, CD, fluorescence, FT-IR, light scattering, calorimetric techniques, and HPLC.

15% - Routine lab management

These duties include but are not limited ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, management of laboratory records and documents as well as experimental protocols and data, and coordination of good lab practices and lab safety.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the area of pharmaceutics, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 1 year of post-doctoral experience (or related industry experience) in characterization and formulation studies of vaccines and biopharmaceuticals.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with viral potency assays (qPCR, FFA, Plaque assays), qPCR, and high throughput screening for biopharmaceuticals is highly desired.
  •  Knowledge of cell and molecular biology as it relates to pharmaceutical chemistry especially with cell culture techniques.
  • Hands on experience on biophysical characterization techniques, such as CD, fluorescence, Micro flow imagining (MFI), Nano sight, FTIR, DSC and DLS.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a collaborative research effort.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Emily Thomas Dykes

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

    To be considered, please apply no later than December 1, 2019.

    Advertised Salary Range

    minimum 42,474.00

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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