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Associate / Staff Scientist at Nonprofit Biotech

Company: Access to Advanced Health Institue (AAHI)
Location: Seattle
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Access to Advanced Health Institute is a Seattle-based, nonprofit biotech institute that is undergoing a transformation to lead a global coalition to fight infectious disease and address health disparities and inequities worldwide. We think it's unfair that where a person lives or how much money they make dictates their access to life-changing medicine. We're looking for people who want to join us in increasing accessibility to tools that harness the immune system and allow a healthy life, free of illness and disease, regardless of geography or socio-economic status - from compassion and collaboration come change.

We will serve as a center for innovation and collaboration in vaccine and cancer immunotherapy research and development, early-phase GMP manufacturing, and training the next generation of scientists and manufacturing teams to achieve our mission. This is where the high-quality science of an academic research organization and the product-development capabilities of a biotech company meet.


AAHI is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join our product development and characterization group. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and executing formulation development and stability studies, in support of the development of vaccines against infectious diseases. This includes collecting, analyzing, reviewing, and reporting bulk antigen and drug product characterization data for multiple projects simultaneously. The candidate will actively contribute to the implementation and advancement of project plans, strategies, and team decisions and will be the primary driver of development progress on multiple projects. The candidate will ensure that all job responsibilities are performed and documented accurately and on time. Exact title to be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Associate Scientist range: $87,000 - $112,000 per year.

Staff Scientist range: $95,000 - $123,000 per year.


- Perform characterization of routine and non-routine samples using established and developed methods.

- Develop new methods for antigen/vaccine characterization using diverse instrumentation including HPLC, particle sizing, spectrophotometry, ELISA, gel electrophoresis, and Western Blot, among other methods.

- Demonstrate abilities for critical thinking, organized planning, problem solving, and effective communication.

- Potential for management of one or more direct reports.

- Present results, write development reports and/or manuscripts, and maintain a detailed lab notebook.

- Communicate and coordinate with internal and external project partners.

- Build and maintain a dependable, trustworthy working relationship with teammates within the immediate group and across departments.


- A BS/BA, MS, or PhD, with a focus in bioengineering, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical chemistry, biochemistry, or other related scientific discipline.

- 7+ years' experience after BS/BA degree in a laboratory setting, either in an academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology environment.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

- Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are required.

- Experience managing one or more direct reports is preferred.

- Experience leading aspects of a project and delivering results.

- Experience in biophysical and biochemical characterization of vaccines, proteins, nucleic acids, and/or nanoparticles is required.

- Experience developing lyophilized, spray dried, or other dried drug product formulations is strongly preferred.

- Familiarity with scientific instrumentation including utilization, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

- Familiarity with stability studies for drug product formulation development is strongly preferred.

- Knowledge and hands on experience with one or more of the following techniques: spectrophotometry, ELISA, HPLC, particle sizing and/or counting, lyophilization, spray drying.


We offer a comprehensive compensation plan which includes:

- Medical, Dental, Vision

- Up to 6 weeks' Vacation and Sick pay

- Group Life, AD&D, Short-term Disability, Accident, Hospital Indemnity

- Flexible Spending Accounts (HSA and Dependent Care)

- Matching 401(k) Retirement Plan

- Commuter benefits

- Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

- Flexible work schedule

- Mindfullness/Fitness App Subscription

- Plus more!

*Vaccination Requirement: *

Due to the threat of more infectious and deadly COVID-19 variant strains emerging, we recently announced a new mandatory vaccination policy requiring our employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We will make reasonable accommodations for valid exemptions based on disability, medical, or religious reasons. With this policy, AAHI joins a growing list of companies that are prioritizing sound science and available facts to best ensure the ongoing safety of employees and the community.

We do not discriminate. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to inclusion and encourage everyone to bring their full selves to work. We are an E-Verify Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $87,000.00 - $123,000.00 per year

* 401(k)
* 401(k) matching
* Dental insurance
* Employee assistance program
* Flexible schedule
* Flexible spending account
* Health insurance
* Health savings account
* Life insurance
* Paid time off
* Referral program
* Retirement plan
* Vision insurance
* 8 hour shift

Work Location: One location%58047475%

Keywords: Access to Advanced Health Institue (AAHI), Seattle , Associate / Staff Scientist at Nonprofit Biotech, Other , Seattle, Washington

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