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Research Assistant II- Chanda Lab (virology, immunology)

POSITION TITLE:  Research Assistant II- Chanda Lab (virology, immunology) 
About Us: The Chanda Lab has recently moved to The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, California), which is considered the most influential institution in the world for its innovation in science and medicine. Scientists in the institute’s five academic research departments expand basic knowledge and translate their findings into cutting-edge therapies. Our group has joined the Immunology and Microbiology Department, where we will continue to focus on the molecular mechanisms of virus-host interactions using advanced technologies such as CRISPR, RNAi, NGS, proteomics, chemical biology, and super-resolution microscopy, among others. We seek to understand a pathogen’s ability to exploit the host cellular machinery and evade innate immune defenses to drive viral pathogenesis. Currently, our efforts target several RNA viruses of pandemic potential, including influenza virus, coronavirus, flaviviruses, and filoviruses. Through our Calibr arm, we have undertaken a robust drug-discovery program. The lab is specifically seeking to transform molecular discoveries to develop next-generation therapeutics for the treatment of viral infections, cancer and autoimmune disease. Our team’s transformative research and the unique environment of the Scripps will cultivate the next generation of scientific leaders.
Position Description:
We are looking for talented, highly motivated research associates with an interest is virology and immunology. The successful candidate will join a collaborative team investigating mechanisms of viral latency and developing novel antiviral treatments. The Research Assistant will work in close collaboration with a postdoctoral associate in their assigned team, as well as collaborators from other institutions. (Position supported by NIH funding.)

  • A master’s degree, 2+ years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training/experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been attained
  • Candidates possessing a master’s degree, 2+ years’ experience required. 
  • Significant expertise in cell/tissue culture 
  • Experience with in vivo studies is a plus
  • Experience with virology, in particular respiratory viruses, assay optimization and high-throughput screening is a plus
  • BSL-3 certification and experience are preferred
  • Excellent communication skills in English, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a highly dynamic environment
  • A publication record is a plus
Please submit a CV/Biosketch and a Cover Letter addressing the following topics: (i) how does your research experience fit with our science? (ii) what can you uniquely bring to our research program & lab? (iii) and what are your long-term professional goals, and how can joining our team fit in these goals? and (iv) why you think you will be exceptionally successful in this role.
This position works in a laboratory environment. Details of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.
The above statements describe the work and expectations in general terms. The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice. Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff.

EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.

COVID-19 update:
The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually.