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Application are invited from Principal Investigator-Protein Biochemistry in Translational Health Science and Technology Institute



HIV Vaccine Translational Research laboratory (HVTR), a collaborative effort of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) and International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), USA is seeking Principal Investigator- Protein Biochemistry.

HVTR aims to accelerate and advance HIV vaccine research and development and shall be an integral part of the THSTI cluster of research centers and will be closely linked to global network of R&D facilities, including IAVIs Neutralizing Antibody Consortium (NAC) and IAVI Design and Development lab, situated in Brooklyn, New York.

HVTR would be an innovative discovery program and will be directed at designing, testing and implementing highthroughput (HT) strategies for HIV-1 envelope-based immunogen screening and prioritization to help discover and advance novel HIV vaccine candidates. The program is targeted to expand the number of vaccine candidates for testing, and enhance the speed with which they can be assayed. The unique industrial-type high-throughput vaccine design, screening and selection processes proposed will be largely facilitated by interdisciplinary interaction and thus driven by principles of international collaboration, high-quality science and vaccine-oriented applied research.

Post: Principal Investigator-Protein Biochemistry

Key Responsibilities:
* Formulate, lead, and guide all scientific aspects of the Program related to expression, production and characterization of HIV Envelopes, scaffolds, peptides and antibodies in sufficient quantities for both in vitro and in vivo studies and for the use of these proteins as reagent in the lab or by NAC investigators under the broad direction of the Program Director.
* Oversee the conduct of research and research team to help ensure ethical conduct in all aspects of the research process including but not limited to conflicts of interest, data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership, publication practices, responsible authorship, and collaborative research and reporting.
* Develop and manage the project budget & financial plan and report on project progress as outlined in the project plan and maintain accurate records of project related activities and expenses to the Program Director.
* Ensure and establish effective working relationships, scientific linkages and collaborations with other scientists within THSTI cluster and IAVI NAC and also with THSTI and IAVI India office.

Key Capabilities and Experience:
* A PhD or other equivalent degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or any other discipline of Life Sciences with at least 5 years of work experience after PhD in the fields of protein biochemistry.
* Candidates should have in-depth experience in molecular biology, protein expression, protein purification, functional and physico-chemical characterization.
* Candidates with understanding of protein design and protein structure-function relationship would be preferred.
* Significant record of professional accomplishment including publications, patents and invited speaking engagements; experience in developing country realities, and expertise in areas relevant to the project
* Believes in the potential of collaborative approaches to problem solving; able to contribute to and follow the project plan with minimal guidance from the Program Director.
* Experienced in leading and mentoring a group of scientists.
* Ability to manage short-term and long-term lab resource needs and facility budgets to achieve the set objectives.
* Effective scientific communicator as evidenced by publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
* An understanding of priority-setting, resource management and the bridge-building required to foster scientific cooperation.
* Encourages open communication and participation with an emphasis on transparency and the sharing of information.
* Able to handle challenging situations, including daunting tasks and complex interpersonal issues, with a calm, assured, unflagging approach that keeps all “eyes on the prize.”
* A champion of innovation who responds to complex problems and challenges by applying new perspectives and exploring a variety of relevant possible solutions.
* A team player and team-builder who is willing to work with and patiently align diverse stakeholders who maintain their individual autonomy and decision-making.

The position is currently based in Gurgaon, National Capital Region of Delhi, India and will be contractual basis and the compensation shall be industry competitive and commensurate with experience. The position will report to the Program Director- THSTI IAVI HIV Vaccine Design Program. The program offers an enabling environment with tremendous opportunities for growth. Interested candidates may please send in their applications with a cover note, current curriculum vitae and bibliography, together with a brief description of past and present scholarly interests and accomplishments and names of three references.

Applications and nominations are invited for these positions for direct recruitment or on deputation. All applications and nominations should be sent to the following email id: &

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