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Research Scientist (Assay Development)




Jenni Woolley is currently recruiting for a Research Scientist to become part of a dedicated team of scientists working within the Neuroscience drug discovery unit within a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Hertfordshire. This role is at the client's custom built facility which houses R&D, Clinical and Manufacturing business units under one roof and is commutable from London, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The role is offered on a fixed term contract basis until April 2022 with a competitive salary and other benefits.

  • As a Research Scientist you will be working within the biology function focusing on the development and utilisation of complex cell-based assays for drug identification and pharmacological profiling. You will be working across multiple drug discovery projects, both internally and in collaboration with external groups from academia and industry, from very early phase drug discovery through to the clinic. As such, knowledge and experience of cell maintenance, assay development, compound profiling and results presentation, are essential.

  • Other duties will include:

  • Designing/carrying out experiments and independently interpreting/presenting data to drive drug development progression.
  • Developing and validating new cell based assays systems and analytical approaches using human derived cells.
  • Working closely with both biologists and medicinal chemists to provide high quality hit identification and structure activity relationship data in a timely manner.
  • Presenting concepts, facts and approaches to internal parties to advise of key outcomes.
  • You are required to have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A BSc or MSc in pharmacology/biochemistry or related discipline.
  • Relevant lab-based experience, preferably within the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Excellent hands-on working knowledge of a wide range of in vitro biochemical and cellular techniques.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of assay development and experience of defining compound profiles using in vitro systems.
  • Experience of working with benchtop automation to generate high quality medium throughout screening data sets.
  • The ability to design, schedule, execute and interpret experiments using complex biological systems e.g native tissue, cell culture, screening technologies.
  • The ability to troubleshoot systems and processes.
  • The ability to present findings to peers and stakeholders.
  • The desire to work in early phase drug discovery.
  • Our client has more than 11,000 people worldwide with operations in the U.S., Asia, Europe & Japan and is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical companies. They define their corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families, and to increasing the benefits health care provides". The successful candidate will be a fixed term employee of the CK Group and will be working for CK as part of a small research focused team of scientists that CK is providing for our client as an outsourced function. As such they must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, dedication and self-motivation together with the desire to acquire new skills.

  • Please note that your CV should show exact dates of employment (month and year) and any gaps of a month or more should be explained.

  • CK Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

  • If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference 46696 in all correspondence.

Posted 17 days ago

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