Senior / Principal Scientist Subunit Vaccine Design at Janssen Vaccines


Janssen Vaccines & Prevention, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, is dedicated to bringing meaningful innovation to global health. Our teams focus on the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of vaccines and antibodies to protect people worldwide from infectious diseases.

In our organization, entrepreneurial people are working in a dynamic culture in which innovation and a 'can do' state of mind are the central points. In order to strengthen our team, we are continuously looking for enthusiastic, talented people who have the ambition to develop themselves and can be of value to Janssen. The offices of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention are located in Leiden.

For our Viral Vaccines department, we are currently recruiting for a fulltime

Senior / Principal Scientist Subunit Vaccine Design

Job Description:

The senior/principal scientist will be responsible for the design of novel protein vaccine leads with a focus on viral surface proteins of HIV, Influenza and RSV which are our main targets. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment and will be involved in the generation of novel protein designs displaying desirable conformations of the viral surface proteins. The candidate will not only be responsible for his / her own projects but is also required to act as a subject matter expert and assist with structural evaluation and structure-based design of future immunogens for the entire department. Therefore, prior experience with modelling and macromolecule crystallography is a must. All research projects are carried out in teams comprising members from all the departments of viral vaccines and therefore teamwork and flexibility are two very important characteristics that are required attributes.  

Our offer

We offer a challenging position which allows you to work on numerous aspects of different projects in a dynamic and international environment, ensuring diversity in your work and creating plenty of opportunities for personal development.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD or equivalent experience and at least 5 years of Postdoc experience in a relevant discipline such as molecular modelling, Rosetta experience, biochemistry, crystallography or related fields.

Additionally, prior experience in the field of virology will be considered a plus.


The candidate fit for the job is independent, flexible, motivated and enjoys working in a team. Excellent organizational and communication skills, creativity and a strong scientific mindset are key for this position.

What’s in it for you…?

“Caring for the world, one person at a time…”

As an employee, we consider you as our most valuable asset.  We take your career seriously. As part of a global team in an innovative environment your development is key and our day-to-day responsibility. Through e-university, on the job training, various projects and programs, we ensure your personal growth. Our benefits make sure we care for you and your family now and in the future.

Will you be our new colleague?

Please visit look for 1805624190W and apply online.

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