VitriVax Inc. Senior Scientist - Particle Interface 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 combining 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 at www.vitrivaxbio.com 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. See all opportunities at VitriVax, Inc: HERE The Senior Scientist Particle Interface position in the Particle Engineering department is responsible for understanding and controlling the surface interfaces of spray dried powders. This includes knowledge of formulation, spray dry parameters, and powder characterization. This role reports to the Head of Particle Engineering and will work alongside other VitriVax technical departments. This is a full-time position, located in Boulder, Colorado. This is a predominantly in-office position, however remote work may be granted periodically depending on the nature of required tasks.

Description

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Design and develop spray dry formulations to achieve desired surface composition targets for various functional properties (e.g., solubility, targeting, controlled release).
  • Conduct and optimize laboratory-scale spray drying experiments, utilizing advanced equipment and techniques.
  • Characterize the surface composition and morphology of dry powders using advanced analytical techniques (e.g., XPS, Raman spectroscopy, SEM).
  • Interpret data and translate findings into actionable insights for further formulation development.
  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams (e.g., chemists, biologists, engineers) to translate research into commercially viable products.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for spray drying processes.
  • Stay informed about current advancements in spray drying, colloidal chemistry, and surface analysis techniques.
  • Prepare technical reports, presentations, and proposals related to your research findings.

Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry, or a related field preferred with a focus on colloidal chemistry and/or surface science.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience with >2 years experience in spray drying of complex materials (e.g., proteins, polymers, nanoparticles).
  • Strong understanding of the principles of colloidal chemistry and their influence on surface phenomena.
  • Experience with various surface analysis techniques (e.g., XPS, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, AFM).
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in driving projects forward.
  • Proficiency in scientific writing and data analysis.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, startup environment is a plus

Core Skills and Competencies:

All VitriVax employees are expected to share the following values.

Integrity

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

Innovation

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.

Passion

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.

Quality

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

Salary and Benefits:

Annual Salary Range: $110,000 - $140,000 DOE and alignment with current and future responsibilities.


All full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits.

·      Stock Options

·      401(k) with generous Company match

·      Flexible work schedule

·      Generous PTO

·      Health, Dental and Vision insurance

·      Short Term Disability insurance and Voluntary AD&D 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.


Salary

$110,000 - $140,000 per year