Assay Development Scientist - Hertfordshire

23 Jul 2019
19 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Jason at CK Science is recruiting for an Assay Development Scientist to join a multinational clinical-stage cell & gene therapy research company focused on the development and commercialisation of gene therapies for debilitating disorders based on a next-generation AAV gene therapy platform. This is a permanent role based in Hertfordshire (20 minutes North of London via train) and offers an excellent salary between GBP37,000 - GBP42,000 and a good benefits package.

The Company:
The organisation has a strong reputation for their technical and strategic expertise within the cell and gene therapy market across Europe and places a strong emphasis on innovation, ability to make a difference to the patients, as well as the ability to apply your skills and develop new ones by collaborating with a multidisciplinary team. They will provide you with promising and exiting research projects in an environment that strongly values your development. Their gene therapy treatment builds upon their own pioneering work and their proprietary AAV capsid which is optimised to effectively transduce human liver cells and thus provide sustainable, high levels of the desired protein.

The Role:
As an Assay Development Scientist, you will work within the assay development team to develop analytical workflows. You will be primarily responsible for protein characterisation studies, assay establishment, team training and assay qualification. You will also liaise closely with QC Scientists. You will initiate the development and execute biochemical/biophysical and cell-based assays in support of candidate characterisation/selection.

The role will primarily be lab based and use appropriate techniques to carry out the objectives of the post. These include:
• The hands-on development and establishment of suitable biochemical assays to monitor target activity.
• Preparation and presentation of results at internal and external meetings and for publication.
• Ensure that work conforms to the requirements of COSHH, and Local Rules for Health and Safety and other Codes of Practice as required by the Freeline Safety Policy guidelines

Your Background:
You will hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or related field (or equivalent) and will have the demonstrated ability to develop biochemical, biophysical and/or cell-based assay techniques suitable for measuring and characterising enzymatic activity (i.e. ELISA plus others, e.g. HTRF, reporter gene, Biacore, etc).

You will also have the demonstrated ability to independently analyse, interpret and present data in a clear manner along with strong critical thinking skills, problem solving and decision-making ability.
Evidence of scientific accomplishments in the form of publications, patents and/or presentations would be preferred.

Please note that your CV should show exact dates of employment (month and year) and any gaps of a month or more should be explained.

CK Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference 46115 in all correspondence.