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Associate Scientist Molecular Bacteriology

Vacaturenummer: A2100134
Janssen Vaccines & Prevention - Leiden (Nederland)

For our client, Janssen Vaccines & Prevention, we are looking for an Associate Scientist Molecular Bacteriology.


  • Bacterial cultivation
  • BSL-II bacterial pathogens
  • Cloning
  • Protein isolation, purification and characterisation
  • PCR

As an Associate Scientist Molecular Bacteriology your main field of interest is molecular bacteriology with an affinity for analytical methods. You will work in a multidisciplinary research team that identifies, designs, produces and characterises new vaccine candidates. Our key R&D activities are embedded in the fields or bioinformatics, molecular engineering, functional genomics, molecular microbiology, and biochemistry. As an Associate Scientist, you will use your expertise to execute complex experiments in these fields with a high level of autonomy, under supervision of a (Senior) Scientist. Your core expertise lies in the fields of molecular biology and biochemistry, which will be used to dissect and understand host-pathogen interactions. Additionally, you will make use of several analytical methods such as mass spectrometry and/or glycan analysis and take part in collaborative cross-functional projects led by the Molecular Bacteriology and Analytical Development teams.

  • Practical realisation of the research (experiments and tests) under the supervision of Scientist(s), according to established and written procedures;
  • Setting up assays and arranging necessaries for experiments;
  • Documentation of experimental work and results in electronic lab notebooks;
  • Evaluation of results together with the supervisor (Scientist / Senior Scientist);
  • Responsible for writing SOP's/ protocols and reports.

Who we're looking for
The ideal candidate has a B.Sc. with at least 2-4 years of relevant experience. We are looking for someone who has good organisational and interpersonal skills. You are pro-active and able to adapt to changing priorities. Additionally, you have the following practical experience:
  • Bacterial cultivation and strain identification;
  • Cultivation of bacterial BSL-II pathogens, including Staphylococcus areus and extra intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli;
  • DNA-, RNA-, Protein Isolation and the associated analytical methods such as PCR and gel electrophoresis;
  • Genetic manipulation of bacteria using molecular cloning and genetic engineering methods;
  • Recombinant protein expression and purification;
  • Experience with analytical methods such as mass spectrometry and/or glycan analysis is considered advantageous.

Company profile
Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. is part of Johnson & Johnson, one of the biggest and most respected health care companies in the world. They are dedicated to bringing meaningful innovation to global health. Their teams focus on the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of novel vaccines to prevent some of the most devastating and complex infectious diseases. These range from respiratory infections like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and pathogens of global concern, such as Ebola and COVID-19.
In this organisation, entrepreneurial people are working in a dynamic culture in which innovation and a 'can do' state of mind are of crucial importance. They are continuously looking for enthusiastic, talented people who have the ambition to develop themselves and can be of value to Janssen. The offices of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention are located in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The Bacterial Vaccines Research department is part of the Innovation and Discovery Laboratory of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention and focuses on research and early development of vaccines against infectious diseases.

Additional vacancy information
Contract:Temporary contract with CLS Services
Employment terms:Salary: >3200
Days of leave: 25 + 11
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Publication date:17-6-2021
Location:View location with Google Maps
Contactperson:Claudia Erwich-Faaij
+31 (0)88 22 77 555

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