VitriVax Inc. Research Associate - Product Research and Development, Analytical Boulder, CO · Full time

VitriVax, Inc. is creating thermostable, single-injection vaccines using an innovative technology platform called ALTA™. Fundamentally, ALTA™ products are formulations of antigens that use an innovative manufacturing process that combines particle engineering technologies from the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries. Thermostable, single-injection products will revolutionize the vaccine industry and have attracted significant industry, government, and philanthropic interest. Learn more about VitriVax by visiting our website, If you are interested in joining VitriVax, Inc. we are always looking for talented individuals. Below is one opportunity to help make vaccines accessible to everyone.


Research Associates (RAs) in Product Development work closely with Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) and Formulation Scientists to characterize ALTA™ products and processes.  The focus of this RA position is to perform analytical tests and biophysical characterizations of API’s using chromatographic, spectroscopic, and/or biological methods.  This role reports to the Head of Product Development and will be assigned to work with a Scientist for training or protocol execution. 

This is a full-time position, located in Boulder Colorado. 

Responsibilities and Duties:  

  • Maintains laboratory notebook and equipment logs consistent with policies. 
  • Follows standard operating procedures and documents research activities. 
  • Execute established analytical methods and reports results. 
  • Consults with subject matter experts and develops new methods 
  • Partners with technical scientists and engineers to investigate processes and products. 
  • Maintains equipment and ensures that methods and equipment are fit-for-purpose. 
  • Works closely with Formulation Development scientists to develop formulations that are compatible with API stability, spray drying and ALD coating requirements. 
  • Searches published literature to identify promising technologies and solve problems 
  • Adheres to Company policies and safety guidelines  

Education and Experience 

  • Individuals must have the academic background and capability to perform the responsibilities and duties listed above and be willing to learn. 
  • A Bachelor's degree in a related scientific discipline is preferred. 
  • Training in analytical chemistry, specifically chromatographic methods, is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of bioanalytical methods (ELISAs, Electrophoresis, etc.) is beneficial.   
  • Proficient in the use of Excel for data analysis and use of Word for authoring documents. 
  • Fundamental knowledge of statistical analysis techniques is preferred.  


Core Skills and Competencies 

All VitriVax employees are expected to share the following values and skills. 


Team Players who say what we do and do what we say.  We respect our obligations and are transparent with our communication. We present all data factually and when presented with ambiguous situations, we strive to do the right thing. 


We create value by developing superior products and processes.  We have a curious mindset, apply an analytical approach and take calculated risks.  We take on difficult problems and break barriers. 


We are passionate about making vaccines accessible to everyone.  We share our enthusiasm with purpose.  We are never satisfied with the status quo and want to make a difference. 


We seek quality information, decisions and people.  We put safety first and approach every opportunity with a right first-time mindset that is goal focused on the end goal.  We are committed to continuous improvement and elimination of waste. 

Salary and Benefits 

The position may be filled at the RAI or RII level.  As written, the job description is targeting an RA1.  The level will be determined by the applicant’s experience and alignment with current and future responsibilities. 

  • Research Associate 1 (RAI): Entry level with Bachelor’s degree range $52K - $78K p/a 
  • Research Associate 2 (RAII):  BS/BA with 2 years' experience range $68K - $102K p/a 


  • Stock options. 
  • 401(k) with generous Company match  
  • Generous PTO 
  • Flexible work schedule 
  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance 
  • Short Term Disability insurance 

VitriVax, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.  

VitriVax, Inc., requires all staff to be vaccinated against communicable diseases as recommended by the CDC prior to employment.  



$52,000 - $102,000 per year