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Kelly Services Scientist, Virology in Rochester, Minnesota

Kelly Science and Clinical is the world’s most recognized brand in science and clinical staffing with more than 100 locations in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. Our scientists contribute to the research and development of the next generation of small molecule drugs, biologics and cellular therapies.


We are seeking a Virologist for one of our clients, a company in Rochester, MN that seeks to accelerate the development of novel virus, gene and cell therapies through providing best in class reporter gene technologies and oncolytic virotherapies. Their team is comprised of PhD, MSc and BSc level scientists who are passionate about providing the best-in-class oncolytic virotherapies. Their facilities are located in the Rochester Technology Campus in Rochester Minnesota, home of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.


  • Independently design, rescue and characterize (in vitro) novel oncolytic VSV

  • Plan and execute scientific research projects under minimal supervision.

  • Collect, analyze, and present scientific data to the research and management teams; with proposed next steps.

  • Self-motivated and driven to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Coordinate research efforts and make key scientific and technical contributions for the strategic development of cross-functional projects

  • The candidate will perform independent experimental research, but will work in close collaboration with the rest of the scientific team in a highly cross-functional and project-oriented environment.


  • A Ph.D. or master’s in Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Virology, Biophysics or a related field.

  • Must be proficient in cloning

  • Must have experience in the design, rescue and characterization (engineering) of negative sense single stranded RNA viruses or have the background and skills to master it in short period of time.

  • Experience working with viruses e.g. VSV, Measles, HSV, AAV, Adenovirus etc.

  • Structural understanding of viral proteins and proficiency in a structural imaging program eg. PyMOL.

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Cell and virus culture, Molecular biology, Immunology, Virology. Immunology: Flow cytometry, ELISA, antigen and antibody characterization. qPCR, RT-PCR, ELISA. Viral analytics: virus rescue and amplification, plaque assay, TCID50, IFA, Cell-based assays: Cell proliferation and cytotoxicity assay, cell-signaling pathways, Molecular cloning of viral vectors for gene therapy or oncolytic

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Kelly Science & Clinical is your connection to premier scientific and clinical companies looking to hire industry experts just like you. Our team creates expert talent solutions to solve the world’s most critical challenges. Every day, we match science professionals with dream jobs that fit their skills, interests, and career goals—it’s the way we think job searching should be. Nearly 100 percent of our science recruiters have a professional background and education in science, so we know a thing or two about the science market and how to get your expertise noticed.

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Kelly Services is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We welcome, value, and embrace diversity at all levels and are committed to building a team that is inclusive of a variety of backgrounds, communities, perspectives, and abilities. At Kelly, we believe that the more inclusive we are, the better services we can provide. Requests for accommodation related to our application process can be directed to Kelly’s Human Resource Knowledge Center. Kelly complies with the requirements of California’s state and local Fair Chance laws. A conviction does not automatically bar individuals from employment.