PCR Assay Design Associate

Southampton, Hampshire
£Competitive Plus Benefits
25 Jan 2019
22 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

PCR Assay Design Associate 
Southampton, Hampshire 

Do you have hands-on lab-based PCR experience? Looking to develop an exciting career as a PCR Assay Design Associate with a rapidly-growing biotech business? If so, our client wants to hear from you. 

What is the company like? 

Our client is a leading provider of RT PCR solutions. They have thousands of happy customers based across the globe and have a real ambition to drive their business forward and achieve even more. 

They currently have an exciting new venture in the works to develop kits and services in collaboration with some of the industry’s largest players. 

As such, they’re looking for a PCR Assay Design Associate to join their R&D Team and play a key role in their PCR assay design activities. 

What are the benefits? 

- Competitive salary 
- A personal trainer visits the office twice a week (so you can justify eating cake) 
- Great summer and Christmas social events 
- Excellent development opportunities 
- Healthcare 
- Pension scheme 
- Life assurance 
- 25 days’ holiday 

Since day one, our client has been striving to make the world a better place. Back in 2009, they developed the world’s first swine flu detection kit, which is now being used in more than 30 countries across the globe. In 2013, they played a part in uncovering the meat adulteration scandal by measuring horse meat in food. 

Our client has done some fantastic things in their 13 year history, and they’ve got great plans for their future. That’s where you come in. 

You will have the chance to build on your existing skills and professional network while making a real difference to the future healthcare industry. 

What will I be doing? 

As a PCR Assay Design Associate, you’ll use algorithms and bespoke programs to support PCR assay design, develop design strategies conduct in silico validations of assays and analyse experimental data 

You’ll apply your design knowledge to utilise innovative chemistries across a wide range of applications and improve the design process. This will include expression profiling, genotyping and multiplexing. 

Specifically, you will: 

- Develop assays through designing PCR primers and probes 
- Curate sequence data and mine public databases for sequence content 
- Assist with data analysis and report writing for development studies 
- Work closely with colleagues to define bioinformatics requirements for assays 
- Take part in R&D Project Team meetings 
- Complete research-related documentation including technical summaries 
- Provide progress reports on assigned projects 
- Offer expert technical support to customer as required 

What will I need? 

To be considered, you’ll need: 

- At least two years’ relevant laboratory-based PCR work experience 
- Experience in, and an understanding of primer and probe design for qPCR and/or other primer or probe-based assays 
- Proficiency in bioinformatics analysis tools, including multiple sequence alignment, BLAST analysis and open reading frame analysis 
- An understanding of the biology behind genotyping, gene expression profiling, comparative genomics and genetic mapping 
- A BSc (or equivalent) in a Life Science subject 

Other organisations may call this role PCR Assay Design Associate, PCR Assay Designer, PCR Design Fellow, PCR Design Scientist, Research Associate, Lab Research Associate, Lab Research Technician, Research Practitioner, 

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