Careers at VFI

Vaccines are an integral stepping stone to a better life. Working for VFI, you can help improve the health of many while working in an ambitious and motivated team.

Chemist: Laboratory Technician / Research Assistant

VFI wishes to recruit a chemist to work as a laboratory technician/research assistant within the VFI team in Geneva (Plan-Les-Ouates), Switzerland.

  • Manufacturing vaccine adjuvants, based on liposomes and emulsions, at laboratoryscale
  • Up-scaling adjuvant preparation methods
  • Formulating and characterizing adjuvant/antigen formulations stability
  • Quantifying adjuvant components by HPLC-UV and UPLC-MS
  • Developing and establishing new experimental protocols, including through bibliographic research
  • Recording and analyzing experimental data
  • Writing reports and presenting results to the VFI Scientific team
  • Managing the maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Maintaining the laboratory’s inventory of reagents
  • Preparing the shipment of adjuvants to project partners
  • Background in general chemistry, physicochemical chemistry or analytical chemistry is mandatory
  • Previous experience with the preparation, manipulation and characterization of colloids is an asset
  • Knowledge in characterization technics:
    • Physicochemical analysis: dynamic light scattering, electrophoretic light scattering, pH measurements, osmometry
    • Analytical chemistry: sample preparation, HPLC Agilent OpenLab, UPLC Waters Masslynx
  • Familiarity with working under sterile conditions (laminar flow hood), industrial hygiene and safety
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Autonomy and motivation to learn new technique
  • Excellent standard of both written and spoken English
  • Written and spoken French would be a plus
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment

Please apply to

Please include your CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the position.

Project Manager

The Vaccine Formulation Institute (VFI) wishes to recruit a Project Manager to join the VFI Project Management Team.

  • Organizing internal project meetings (drafting meeting agendas and minutes, chairing project meetings, ensuring follow-up of project meeting action points)

  • Monitoring the progress of project activities through the ongoing maintenance of project Logs

  • Leading activity and resource planning through the preparation and ongoing updating of project Gantt charts

  • Preparing, analyzing and updating project Risk Registers. Ensuring that these are monitored, reviewed and discussed at regular ongoing intervals with the relevant people/teams

  • Supporting VFI’s Project Leaders as required (e.g. preparation of project technical reports)

  • Providing a constant crosslinking of the various individuals within the project as well as within the VFI so as to ensure synergy and to prevent duplication of activities

  • Representing the project on the local and international stage

  • Managing communication with external stakeholders and organizations and ensuring seamless internal communication

  • Master’s Degree, PhD, MD, DVM, PharmD, or equivalent, preferably in life sciences

  • Experience working within projects and/or teams

  • Experience managing the preclinical evaluation and/or CMC of vaccines or pharmaceuticals desirable but not essential

  • Excellent standard of both written and spoken English

  • Excellent organization, autonomy and self-motivation

  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment

  • Travel to represent projects at meetings and conferences will be required

  • Preferred places of work will be Berlin (Germany) or Geneva (Switzerland). Work from a remote location may also be possible

  • Full-time, part-time and consultancy employment will be considered

Please apply to

Please include your CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the position.