Research Scientist (Microbiology)

Date Posted: 8/7/2018 Reference: VAC-1189874 Salary: £34000 Location: Aberdeen Job type: Permanent Sector: Science | Speciality: Pharmaceuticals Contact: Robert Frame

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 Research Microbiology Scientist to perform testing required to support the core research and development of the strain library to help identify candidate live bio-therapeutic products capable of modulating host-microbe interactions. Alongside this you will also make scientific observations, maintain detailed workbooks/documentation and ensure all documentation fulfils generally accepted professional/industry standards.

Essential Qualifications:

PhD Degree in Microbiology, biomedical sciences or a least 5 years experience working in industry.

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 HPLC; extraction, detection and quantification of small molecules.

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.