Research Scientist 2 - Health Research Inc.


CLOSING DATE: August 28, 2020


JOB #: 16149

POSTED: July 28, 2020



The Research Scientist II (RSII) will be responsible for assay development to optimize SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody testing and measure biomarkers for progression of TB infection. There is an increasing need for more rapid measurement of neutralizing antibody levels and identification of individuals with immune protection against COVID-19 disease. The RSII will optimize the plaque neutralization test and evaluate higher throughput alternatives to measure correlates of immunity. The RSII will also develop cell-based assays to monitor stages of TB infection. The RSII will be responsible for implementing and evaluating COVID-19 neutralizing antibody tests, developing cell based assays for progression of TB infection, analyzing data and reporting results according to laboratory procedures. The RSII will also be tasked with supervising and training new team members, preparing reports and manuscripts, preparing method validation applications, and contributing to public education on infectious diseases. Other related duties as assigned.

Please visit HRI’s web site at (preferred method): or mail resume to: Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway – Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204-2719. Please include reference code 2020-4708 on envelope.

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About Health Research, Inc.

Health Research, Inc. (HRI) contributes to the health and well-being of the people of New York State by complementing and enabling the strategic public health goals of the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corporation (RPCIC), and other health-related entities.

HRI provides best-in-class resource administration for stakeholders and programs related to the work and priorities of the Department of Health and its other partners. HRI does this through the provision of knowledge, expertise, funding guidance, and fiduciary oversight of sponsored program funding for public health and research programs in concert with community partnerships.



Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field and three years of research experience; OR a Master’s degree in an appropriate field and two years of such experience; OR a Doctorate in an appropriate field.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences or a related biological discipline with postdoctoral training in host pathogen interactions; experience working with BSL3 pathogens (particularly SARS-CoV-2 or Mycobacterium tuberculosis); experience in assay development and data management. Experience in optimization of assay development, BSL3 techniques, cell culture and infection protocols (including organoid infection models), aseptic technique and antibody-based methods (e.g. immunofluorescence microscopy and chemiluminescence immunoassays). Outstanding data analysis skills and excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by seminars and/or publications are highly desired.

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