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Company name
National Institutes of Health Office of Technology Transfer

Minneapolis, MN, United States

Employment Type

Research, It

Posted on
Feb 07,2019

Valid Through
May 23,2019


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Policy Analyst/Researcher

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Position Description:

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota is seeking a full-time policy analyst/researcher to participate in a team that will generate a Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap for Influenza Vaccines. The roadmap is aimed at accelerating progress toward development of universal influenza vaccines.

This is a nearly two-year position that will run from the beginning of March 2019 until the end of 2020. The incumbent does not necessarily need to be located in the Twin Cities and there is the potential to work remotely. The person in this position will function as part of a senior-level team that will develop the roadmap. The team will include the CIDRAP director, the CIDRAP medical director, and several researchers. This will be a 2-year project that will include the following high-level activities: (1) participate in a steering group that will guide the process (the steering group will likely meeting biweekly); (2) conduct ongoing background research regarding the current status of influenza vaccine development and basic information on the pathogenesis, virology, epidemiology, and clinical features of influenza; (3) conduct a gap analysis to determine where additional research and development are needed for new and improved influenza vaccines; (4) develop roadmap drafts, with input and support from a taskforce of 20 to 25 subject matter experts (SMEs); (5) participate in in-person meetings of the taskforce and a consultation with a larger group of international SMEs and assist with development of summary reports from in-person meetings; (6) participate in finalizing the roadmap and potentially in preparation of manuscripts related to the project.


Required qualifications for the position include the following:

PhD or Master’s degree in an applicable field.

At least 3 years of practical, hands-on experience in research in an academic setting or public health practice at the state, national, or international levels.

In-depth understanding of epidemiologic principles and practice, including surveillance, outbreak investigation, study design, sampling methodology, survey/study instrument development, database development, data analysis, and data interpretation (as evidenced by being a lead investigator for epidemiologic studies).

Understanding of public health policy issues and policy development as related to prevention and control of infectious diseases.

A working understanding of influenza viruses, influenza epidemiology, and influenza vaccine development.

Exceptional writing skills with demonstrated ability: (1) to produce clear, concise scientific writing; (2)to convey technical material in a comprehensible and intelligible way to a range of professional audiences; (3) to synthesize complex information accurately; and (4) to write content appropriate for professional publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Ability to create, manage, and analyze Access and Excel databases.

Demonstrated ability to exhibit professional interpersonal, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary communication skills (as evidenced by working on cross-disciplinary teams).

Ability to travel several times per year, including internationally.

Preferred Qualifications include:

In-depth understanding of methods, processes, and challenges related to research, manufacturing, and development of influenza vaccines, particularly from an industry perspective.

In-depth understanding of influenza virology, immunology, and pathogenesis.

Experience working directly with international groups in the public health arena.

To Apply:

For further information or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Michael Osterholm (

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