Staff Scientist Chanda Lab (AVIDD)

Scripps Research
San Diego County, CA
Closing date
Jun 28, 2022

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type
The Chanda Lab at Scripps-Calibr is seeking a highly motivated individual to drive antiviral drug discovery programs. This position will work within a team of interdisciplinary scientists and play a key role in our AVIDD pandemic preparedness program ( Under limited supervision, the ideal candidate will exercise initiative in identifying problems, taking corrective actions, and carrying out work assignments independently.


· Initiate and execute laboratory research in a timely manner, and develop and execute strategies to discover innovative antivirals and targets (SARS-CoV-2, DENV, ZIKV, EBOV, IAV, and other viruses with pandemic potential)

· Drive preclinical drug discovery programs for novel antivirals & characterize MOAs

· Maintain broad knowledge of virology and large-scale technologies (proteomics/chemoproteomics, chemical biology, NextGen Sequencing, etc.)

· Adhere to the safety regulations to handle BSL2- and BSL3-level viruses, human primary cells, and cell lines

· Preparation of reports and presentation of research results at regular team meetings

· Make contributions to scientific manuscripts, grant applications, and publication at conferences


· Ph.D. degree in biological science, biochemistry, microbiology, or related field

· Minimum 3+ years laboratory experience

· Strong background in virology and immunology, especially innate immunity is required

· Experience in working with viruses: stock generation, determining infectious titers, setting up in vitro antiviral assays are required

· Experience with cell-based and biochemical assays using methods such as high-content imaging, luminescence, fluorescence and absorbance are preferred

· Excellent oral and written communications skills

· Demonstrated productivity with a strong publication record in high-quality journals

· Ability to work in a highly dynamic environment with excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently

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