International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Consultant Job Opening | IAVI Recruits @ helpBIOTECH ~ helpBIOTECH

20 January 2017

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Consultant Job Opening | IAVI Recruits @ helpBIOTECH

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Company Name: International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Application Process: Please email your CV with a cover letter to jmukherjee@iavi.org andschatrath@iavi.org.

Last Date to Apply: 3rd February 2017

Job Title: Consultant

Location: New Delhi

Reports to: Associate Director, Vaccine R&D, IAVI, India

Position Summary:

IAVI is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of a Consultant. The Consultant would engage in the design and coordination of research initiatives/programs in India (along with Africa and other global partners) that will accelerate development of novel solutions for HIV prevention and vaccine design through interdisciplinary multi-sectoral partnerships and regional training and capacity building networks

Broad areas of research would include:

· Translational studies focused on understanding of the disease using next generation technologies in molecular virology, human genome studies and systems immunology;
· Delineating host-pathogen interactions by characterization of molecular signatures, including identification of biomarkers associated with HIV disease progression and immune/viral control; B/T-cell immunology; and host and viral dynamics.
· Design of population-based intervention studies for HIV management, including HIV-immunogen design and development of HIV prevention and combination therapies (e.g., monoclonal antibodies, PrEP/long acting ARVs);
· Studies on co-infections and co-morbidities, including drug resistance and cost effectiveness of current solutions.
The role offers global exposure combined with opportunity for program management. It allows participation in various programs of national significance with assistance from India Team, including the Country Director and IAVI’s global experts.
Specifically the consultant would
· Aid in outlining research studies of regional (African and Indian) relevance towards HIV prevention research and vaccine design;
· Conduct qualitative research to outline effective global collaborations and build partnership platforms with new international partners through focused programmatic efforts;
· Work with the team to outline capacity and capability building efforts including specific trainings, technology transfer and knowledge sharing activities and setting up linkages for product design and development through industry-academia involvements;
· Manage relations with existing internal and external stakeholders including national and international advisors and experts and assist in writing grants and program proposals.
Exemplary Skills Required:
· Evidence of scientific training, ideally a life science-related PhD from a top institution;
· Experience (5-6 years) in the design of vaccines and monoclonal antibodies (preferably in HIV);
· Expertise and relevant experience in one or more of the following areas including immunology/virology/ /bioinformatics/systems biology/other allied fields;
· Understanding of the product development value chain, particularly for vaccines and monoclonal antibodies; and familiarity with skills, technologies, infrastructure critical for the same;
· Outstanding analytical skills; ability to do deep primary research, analyze and draw conclusions;
· Excellent organizational skills; strong interpersonal relationship skills; must have excellent communication skills - both written and verbal;
· Ability to navigate conversations with external stakeholders;
· Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications;
· Maturity and poise to interact with senior leaderships in industry and academia;
· Highly organized and proactive with a strong attention to detail and the ability to multitask; be quick on your feet and highly responsive;
· Enjoy both working independently and collaboratively in a small collegial team environment with honesty, integrity, intellectual curiosity.

Duration of Project: 1 year contract with possibility of extension subject to satisfaction of service delivery and funding.

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