Senior Scientist Microbiology

Date Posted: 8/15/2018 Reference: VAC-1189522 Salary: £0 Location: Aberdeen Job type: Permanent Sector: Science | Speciality: Pharmaceuticals Contact: Kieran Whittaker
Description

My client is a leading pharmaceutical company focusing on developing live biotherapeutic products from the human gut microbiome. So far, my client has two clinical stage programmes in IBS and IBD as well as a strong pipeline of pre-clinical programmes in autoimmunity, inflammation, oncology and CNS disease.

Due to recent expansion, my client is looking for a Senior Microbiology Scientist to help make scientific observations, maintain detailed workbooks/documentation and ensure all documentation fulfils generally accepted professional/industry standards. The senior scientist will be expected to propose new screening strategies and introduce and validate new screening approaches/methods ensuring they are current and compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Essential Qualifications:

PhD Degree in Microbiology with expertise in human gut biology or immunology.
At least 5 years of post doc experience or 5 years’ experience working in an industrial en­vironment in a similar role.

Essential experience:

Competency with microbiology techniques especially in the cultivation of anaerobic microbes.
Competency with cell culture techniques.
Competency in a range of screening assays relevant to host-microbe interactions.
Expertise in running anaerobic bioreactors and in the techniques used to monitor microbial community composition.
Experience with biofilm-related techniques- total biomass, viability and susceptibility testing.
Experience in immunological assays


Key Areas of Responsibility

Running assay development and validation for the discovery and characterisation of LBPs, in particular where gut cells and bacteria are involved.
Introduce and validate new screening approaches/methods ensuring they are current and compliant with industry standards and regulations.
Report results to the Team Leader and senior members of the team.
Perform laboratory techniques and protocols according to SOPs and provide technical support to the Discovery I Micro team.
Interact and liase with the Discovery I Host team.
Keep accurate and detailed records of data.
Attend and contribute to research group meetings and external event.