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Senior Molecular Interaction Scientist

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Senior Molecular Interaction Scientist

Location: York, UK

Role: Full time, permanent, 37.5 hours per week

Job Description

Senior Molecular Interaction Scientist role is an integral part of the production team. A Senior Scientist in this role will have mastery of the department-specific Aptamer characterisation process and have excellent problem-solving skills. They will undertake a higher level of responsibility of Production Projects and documentation. They will also play an important role in identifying areas for process improvement, designing solutions for these, and implementing these changes. A Senior Scientist will take a leadership role within the lab, organising and planning the work of multiple team members, and ensuring completion of deadlines.

This would suit a Scientist with industrial experience, who wants to expand and develop their skills, offering the right individual an ideal opportunity to develop and grow within the company.

We require a highly motivated, dedicated and goal-oriented individual with a methodical approach to assay development, and both practical and organisational skills, to ensure timely delivery of customer and internal development project goals.

The candidate will liaise with management to ensure that projects are delivered in line with company direction and customer requirements. The candidate will oversee their individual projects and work with the production teams to ensure that the projects are delivered in an efficient and timely manner as well as identifying and mitigating risks to project delivery.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Perform Aptamer interaction studies using biophysical methods such as Bio-layer interferometry or ELISA.
  • Perform work according to appropriate Work Instruction.
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues that arrive in laboratory.
  • Ensuring project work aligns with SOW
  • Maintaining technical communication with customer in collaboration with Team Leader
  • Provide technical support and advice for upcoming and current aptamer selections.
  • Maintaining reagents for selection.
  • Maintaining laboratory cleanliness and equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with all Quality and Health & Safety processes.
  • Prepare Risk Assessments for projects where necessary.
  • Work as part of a small process team.
  • Communicate well with other staff to ensure smooth running in the laboratory.
  • Drive a continuous improvement culture within the Production Team.
  • Identify opportunities to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the processes.
  • Identify opportunities to reduce errors in the processes.
  • Design and carry out strategies to test and implement process improvements.
  • Planning & organisation of workload of team members in collaboration
  • Managing of staff within team to achieve production goals in line with deliverables set by the Line Manager
  • Perform supervisory role of team members in the laboratory to ensure that processes are followed.
  • Perform supervisory role of team members in the laboratory to ensure production goals are achieved in line with deliverables set by the Line Manager
  • Training junior members of staff where appropriate
  • Excellent communication of project related issues with staff

Essential Scientific Skills

  • The successful candidate will possess a PhD in biochemistry or a related field with at least 2 years industry experience, ideally working in a bioscience development environment.
  • Experience in biophysical affinity evaluation for the characterisation of macromolecules such as ELISA, Isothermal calorimetry, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Microscale thermophoresis or Bio-layer interferometry.
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques such as purification of DNA/RNA, PCR, and qPCR.
  • Experience in data analysis, handling, and interpretation

Reports to: Scientific Operations Director

What’s on offer?

  • Free car parking
  • A great working environment
  • An exciting opportunity to learn new skills with an innovative technology
  • NOW pension.
  • Gym membership
  • Health care scheme
  • Annual leave of 25 days plus bank holidays.
  • Competitive salary

Permanent full-time position working 37.5 hours per week

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