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San Francisco, CA Research - Microbiology-Virology Full Time
Vir Biotechnology is a clinical-stage immunology company focused on combining immunologic insights with cutting-edge technologies to treat and prevent serious infectious diseases. Vir has assembled four technology platforms that are designed to stimulate and enhance the immune system by exploiting critical observations of natural immune processes. Our current development pipeline consists of five product candidates targeting hepatitis B virus, influenza A, human immunodeficiency virus and tuberculosis.

Vir Bio is seeking a talented and highly motivated scientist to join our Research team in a leadership role to define and implement strategies for identification and validation of targets from Vir’s functional genomics and innate immunity platform. This scientist will work with a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary group focused on host-directed targets for infectious disease. The successful candidate will creatively guide application of advanced cell-based technologies as a part of Drug Discovery efforts.
  • Conceive of and implement cell-based assays and technologies probing modulation of potential targets gleaned from Vir’s functional genomics and innate immunity platform
  • Design, direct and execute creation of relevant in vitro models critical to the evaluation of compound activity and mechanism of action
  • Focus on key proof of concept studies to generate decision making data package
  • Influence scientific and business decision-making (e.g. project selection and resource allocation) with creative insights and rigorous analysis
  • Develop proposals for new projects
  • Lead internal partnerships with a diverse group of Vir scientists, including functional genomics, microbiology, computational biology, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry
  • Conduct laboratory experiments critical to the success of Vir’s Research programs
  • Extensive experience with a broad spectrum of cell-based assay methods including novel reporter technologies and phenotypic assessment
  • Expert in cell-based high-throughput screening methodologies
  • Experience (co)leading multi-disciplinary research project teams
  • Experience working in multiple areas of the Drug Discovery process, from high-throughput screening and early stage target identification and validation through small molecule lead identification and lead optimization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work from multiple projects.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, logical and analytical thinking, and ability to work on inter-disciplinary and cross-functional teams.
  • Significant expertise in viral pathogenesis or viral immunology preferred.
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in virology, immunology, molecular biology or related field
  • 8 years of relevant pharmaceutical research experience beyond postdoc

  • VIR is an equal opportunity employer and strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
    The Human Resources team manages the recruitment and employment process for Vir.  Unsolicited resumes sent to Vir from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Vir and do not obligate Vir to pay fees should we hire from those resumes.  Recruiters are requested not to contact or present candidates directly to our hiring manager or employees.