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Communications Associate

  • Communications
  • Full-time
  • Hyderabad, IN

Posted on August 15, 2023

Do you love writing? Are you happy to confidently churn out thousands of words in a single day, but just as willing to spend hours going back and forth on phrasing of a crucial few sentences? Are you comfortable working with scientists to wade through the murky waters of deep technical subject matter that you’re unfamiliar with to fish out the feisty salmon of meaning that swim below, then deftly transmute them into crisp, clear prose before they slip out of your hands? Did you follow that whole extended metaphor and perhaps think it was a bit unnecessary? If so, we might have just the job for you.

PopVax is an Indian biotechnology company based in Hyderabad working at the frontier of translational biology. We are funded via research agreements with the Gates Foundation and Vitalik Buterin’s biosecurity company Balvi. For the past year, we have been building a novel second-generation mRNA platform for low-cost broadly-protective vaccines via computationally-driven antigen design, starting with an open-source booster vaccine candidate that is intended to protect against the entire sarbecovirus species and, if things go well, the betacoronavirus genus, including current and future strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. We are also spinning up new vaccine programs intended to help save millions of lives every year across the world.

We’re looking for a creative professional to serve as an associate on our communications staff, reporting to our Head of Communications and working closely with our Managing Director. Responsibilities will include writing, editing, proofreading, and distributing communications including:

  • Internal memos, guides, progress reports, and other intra-company communications

  • Regular reports and discussions with our funders, investors, suppliers, clients, and subcontractors

  • Scientific writing explaining our work to the general public

  • Grant and contract applications to private, governmental, and international institutions across the world

Any viable candidate candidate must have:

  • Complete command of the English language, both written and spoken.

  • The willingness and ability to quickly acquire a working familiarity with scientific subjects, including the core intuitions behind specific research work and the relevant technical terminology.

  • The ability to quickly acquire familiarity with scientific subjects.

  • The willingness to read and summarize academic papers in new, potentially unfamiliar fields, and an ability to independently seek clarification from subject matter experts within and outside the company when necessary.

  • The ability to work collaboratively with scientists help them communicate their insights in a manner appropriate for the particular purpose and forum being targeted, while patiently bridging any communication gaps that may occur (and they will — frequently!).

  • A track record of clear, concise, and polished published writing across different formats, preferably with some experience with scientific writing or writing about scientific subjects.

  • The ability to write and edit independently without constant supervision under sometimes-tight deadlines, as well as to incorporate feedback quickly and effectively.

  • A desire to master varied forms of writing and communications, as well as shoulder new responsibilities as necessary.

The ideal candidate candidate will also have:

  • Some knowledge of global public health, and familiarity with datasets such as the Global Burden of Disease survey.

  • Experience making small, spreadsheet-based models to make projections based on a set of assumptions, for example market size projections or estimations of the cost-effectiveness of a healthcare intervention based on measures such as aggregate disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) gained.

  • The ability to write, shoot, and edit short videos about PopVax’s work independently.

  • Experience with basic statistical methods and related programming languages (Python/R/Julia).

  • Experience in web design (HTML, CSS, and JS) and the use of Git as a version control system.

We offer very competitive compensation, comprehensive health insurance with the option to cover immediate family (including pre-existing conditions), and, most importantly, a collaborative work environment in a fast-growing startup with the opportunity to grow alongside us while mastering a fascinating set of communications tasks all aimed at saving millions of lives from disease.