Explore vaccine development strategies and conduct proof of concept studies against viral disease of companion animals (CA).

Explore host-pathogen interaction to improve our understanding of respiratory disease complexes of companion animals as it relates to the interaction between the host, the agent (viruses, bacteria and mycoplasma capable of causing respiratory diseases) and the environmental factors.

Independently design and perform scientific experiments with a predefined goal including developing new methodologies, protocols and/or test procedures that contribute to core group/research goals and reflect expert knowledge. Directs and oversee experimental study design and data analysis/results of scientists and technicians working on new and innovative vaccine concepts against viral diseases of CA. Contribute to discovery activities in finding holistic vaccine development strategies against multi-factorial respiratory disease complexes, in collaboration with bacterial discovery and clinical teams.

Contributes to defining CA R&D team goals and collaborates with scientists within and outside functional area in achieving them; Assumes departmental responsibility for projects OR has ability to participate as representative on multiple project teams and contribute to defining CA viral vaccine research strategy and drive its implementation to support POC studies.

Prepares clear technical reports, publications and oral presentations. Independently communicate results in the form of reports and/ or presentations; Deliver updates to senior level management in context of overall project goals.

Demonstrates an expertise in virology and immunology. Provides guidance and expertise to advance specific projects or evaluate and propose new technologies and concepts in support of multiple projects.

Develops broad knowledge in field of expertise, including the ability to interpret current literature relevant to R&D projects, and visibility outside of functional area.

Assumes responsibility for direct reports as needed including recruiting, managing, mentoring and developing scientific staff.

Complies with all applicable regulations; Ensures that work performed in area of responsibility is conducted in a safe and compliant manner; Maintains proper records in accordance with SOPs and policies.

 

Requirements:

  • D./DVM Degree level with a minimum of 7 years of broad experience in a related field with proven track record of implementing or investigating technologies at a global level
  • Fluent English

An in-depth knowledge of viral immunology with a proven ability to identify and implement groundbreaking vaccine development solutions.

A thorough understanding of host-pathogen interactions with expertise in translational and clinical development of vaccines against respiratory disease of animals.

Familiarity with vaccine development requirements – consistent with International Standards e.g. US: CVB and EU: Ph. Eur. requirements

A strong background in immunology and proven record of research accomplishment in viral immunology and hands-on experience in vaccine development is essential. Extensive experiences in cell culture and immunology techniques as well as molecular biology techniques are essential.

Strong trouble-shooting skills and ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams will be a significant advantage.

Excellent abilities to create written scientific reports and protocols, and strong verbal communication skills are required.

Supervisory experience and working in project teams is required.

A proven track-record of peer-reviewed publications, patents and presentations at conferences. Ability to clearly articulate scientific and operational concepts of vaccine research across functions.

Good planning, prioritization, problem solving, and organizational skills.

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