Research Scientist, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines

South East England
25000.00 - 35000.00 GBP Annual + GBP25000 - GBP35000/annum depending on experience
09 Feb 2017
24 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Research Scientist, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines
Ref: 19428

Our client is a leading biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of fully human monoclonal antibody drugs using its proprietary antibody platform.

Their Infectious Diseases and Vaccine programme is expanding and they are looking for an enthusiastic and skilful Research Scientist with viral or bacterial knowledge to join their team.

You will be working on infectious disease projects, which includes handling of pathogens and pathogen-associated proteins, sample and assay preparation for their Infectious Diseases and Vaccine programme. The work also involves aspects of high-throughput screening. Your experimental duties will be varied but will include assisting in the development of project-specific assays to determine monoclonal antibody efficacy.

• Infectious disease antigen production and usage
• Assist in some of the core antibody discovery functions of the company for the Infectious Diseases and Vaccines programme
• Assist in the development of bioassays for infectious agents and their gene products
• Assist in the development of host response assays to target infectious disease pathology
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all experiments using an electronic lab book, in-house databases and Excel
• Report results internally and externally
• Assist in maintaining an active laboratory environment at BSL containment level II, including writing risk assessments
• Support patent filings where appropriate

• BSc and preferably an MSc or equivalent in a biologically-relevant subject
• Experience in molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, cloning, ELISA) and cell culture
• Experience in aspects of handling infectious microorganisms (e.g. bacterial cell culture, virus infection models in vitro)
• Working knowledge and hands-on experience of the health and safety requirements for working under BSL II containment levels
• Strong motivation, excellent communication and organization skills and team spirit
• Able to plan time effectively and work independently on assigned tasks
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Good attention to detail and ability to multitask
• Desire to learn new skills and techniques
• Willing to work with ex vivo derived biological samples

• Knowledge of immunity to infectious diseases
• Proven ability to work and conduct multi-person collaborations
• Proven ability to work and conduct multi-person collaborations
• Practical knowledge of next generation sequencing for pathogens and/or B cells
• Knowledge and/or experience in flow cytometry

Role: Permanent
Location: East Anglia
Salary: Negotiable