A research opportunity is currently available with the Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch (VSDB) of the Influenza Division (ID), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Vaccine Preparedness Team within the Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch is seeking a qualified individual to join a team focused on influenza vaccine research and development. The selected participant will play a critical role in the development of new approaches to generate and improve influenza vaccine candidate viruses in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) good laboratory practice (GLP) regulations and WHO recommendations. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in study design, data interpretation, manuscript writing and will present research at national and international conferences.
The participant may have the opportunity to be trained in the following projects and is encouraged to propose new projects to improve influenza vaccines:
Develop universal influenza vaccines or broadly reactive influenza vaccines
Develop influenza vaccines with improved efficacy and/or immunogenicity using novel platforms and strategies
Develop new strategies for improving influenza vaccine stability and antigen yield in eggs and qualified cells
Develop new methods or systems to improve efficiency of influenza virus rescue by reverse genetics
Preparation of influenza vaccines in compliance with good laboratory practice (GLP) regulations
Conduct influenza genomic sequencing, analyze and interpret the data
Conduct vaccine studies in small animal models (mice and ferrets) in Biosafety Level 2 & 3 laboratories
Establish and maintain collaborations with a broad range of epidemiological and laboratory researchers inside and outside of CDC
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