Clinical Immunologist - PRO-DEV-CLIN

Date Posted: 4/19/2018 Reference: VAC-1004633 Salary: £38000 Location: MOTHERWELL Job type: Permanent Sector: Science | Speciality: Biotechnology Contact: Kieran Whittaker
Description

The Client

My clients mission is to develop and commercialise innovative cell-based products to treat disease, improving patient health and Quality of Life.

A clinical development company based in Scotland, with a cell-based product pipeline capable of treating a variety of disorders including cancer and severe viral infections. My client is currently conducting Phase II/III clinical studies of its lead product, in renal cell cancinoma, non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma patients.

The Role

If you are passionate about cancer immunotherapy and are looking to work within a challenging, dynamic, and rewarding environment, then this company represents an excellent career move. This is an opportunity to be part of a growing, ambitious business where people development is critical to future success. As they continue to expand, there will be career opportunities on a global scale.

My client is an emerging cancer immunotherapy company developing cell-based treatments for cancer and severe viral infections. Based in the central belt of Scotland, the successful candidates will form an integral part of my clients rapidly expanding Product Development team, which is responsible for delivering the preclinical portfolio of ?d T cell-based therapies.

Responsibilities

The Senior Scientists and Scientists in Clinical Immunology will work within the Product Development team and, providing specialist knowledge and experience of working with patient-derived samples, will apply their expertise to the design, implementation and completion of projects crucial to the CAR-T and allogeneic pipelines.

In particular, the post-holder will contribute/lead in developing and transferring methods for successful expansion, transduction and assays of patient-derived material, especially in the ImmuniCAR project. However, the successful candidate will also be expected to become actively involved across the range of pipeline products to aid the Product Development team in achieving their aims.

To successfully achieve the project objectives, the post-holder will be expected to apply expertise across a number of practical skills, including primary cell culture (isolation, expansion and assay development), flow cytometry and cryopreservation of cell banks.

Other responsibilities will include support of other departments, the training and supervision of junior team members and contribution to general lab maintenance compliant with GMP procedures.

• Perform cell isolation from both healthy donors and patient-derived materials
• Optimize methods for the isolation, expansion, transduction and differentiation of specific subsets of PBMCs from patients with a range of indications
• Undertake cell culture of primary immune cells, cancer cells and immortalised cell lines and perform functional cell-based assays such as cytotoxicity and proliferation assays.
• Design and perform multiparameter flow cytometry experiments
• Develop SOPs for the use of patient or donor-derived material for clinical applications
• Devise assays to Quality Control the final cell therapy product and liaise to transfer release assays to other departments
• Work both independently and with the team to analyse data generated from experiments, draw appropriate conclusions and decide upon next steps.
• Maintain documentation to appropriate quality standards, including, but not limited to, laboratory notebooks, standard operating procedures, COSHH/BIOCOSHH assessments and Risk Assessments.
• Carry out literature reviews and collate information to identify information useful for the development of novel assays or the improvement of current processes and, where appropriate, to prepare applications to protect intellectual property


The Candidate

• Have significant experience working in research or biomedical laboratories, ideally holding an advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in a relevant subject
• Have extensive knowledge of cell therapy and, ideally, proven experience gained in an industrial setting.
• Be experienced in working with patient and healthy human donor material across a range of applications, including cell culture, cell-based assays, and flow cytometry, as appropriate to the role.
• Be familiar with GxP procedures, ideally in a cell therapy context.
• Have experience in controlled document preparation
• Have a keen interest in cell-based therapies and their application to treat cancer and viral/bacterial infections.
• Have excellent team working and communication skills

Salary is negotiable on experience