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Research Associate II, HIV Vaccine

Vir Biotechnology is a commercial-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. Its current development pipeline consists of product candidates targeting COVID-19, hepatitis B virus, influenza A and human immunodeficiency virus. For more information, please visit .

We believe the success of our colleagues drives the success of our Mission. We have an ongoing commitment to creating a company passionate about equality, inclusion, and respect. When everyone feels supported and encouraged to give at their best, we will collectively deliver outstanding results.

Vir Bio is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to help drive new efforts in the discovery and development of novel vaccines against HIV. Individual will work within a highly collaborative group focused on infectious disease research. The successful candidate, under the guidance of experienced Scientists in the company, will participate in discovery and translational research efforts aimed at designing and characterizing novel HIV vaccines in vitro and in the appropriate in vivo animal models. You will work cross-functionally and be exposed to other groups within the company to advance programs from discovery into development.


    • Work under supervision of scientists to conduct scientific research for the development of novel HIV vaccines.
    • Design and execute laboratory experiments utilizing expertise in virology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, and more.
    • Apply knowledge of scientific methods, both quantitative and/or qualitative, to interpret experimental data and determine follow-up experiments.
    • Plan and carry out day-to-day activities while keeping accurate records of experimental details and results
    • Co-author protocols and technical reports.
    • Participate in team meetings, updating the status of projects by giving oral updates or internal presentations.

Qualifications And Experience

    • Highly knowledgeable in cell culture methodology and aseptic technique.
    • Strong background and hands-on experience in virology, cell biology & molecular biology.
    • Ideally, experienced in virology-related methodology, such as pseudotype virus production, purification, and reporter cell-based neutralization assay.
    • Hands on experience with HIV vaccine development is a plus.
    • This position is not required to work on live HIV virus.
    • Proficient in cell and molecular biology methods including cell culture, molecular cloning, Western Blot, ELISA, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and more.
    • Ability to work in a high paced team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work on inter-disciplinary and cross-functional teams.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required.


    • BS/MS in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of lab experience.

Vir's compensation and benefits are aligned with the current market and commensurate with the person's experience and qualifications. All full-time employees receive a package that includes: compensation, bonus and equity as well as many other Vir benefits and perks such as: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, non-accrual paid time off, company shut down for holidays, commuter benefits, child care reimbursement, education reimbursement, 401K match and lunch for all lab essential personnel!

Vir is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform critical job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact Human Resources to request accommodation.

Vir Human Resources leads recruitment and employment 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. We ask that external recruiters and/or agencies not contact or present candidates directly to our hiring manager or employees.

Research Associate II, HIV Vaccine

San Francisco, CA
Full Time

Published on 06/20/2022

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