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Scientific Associate - Bioassay

Job Introduction


We are looking for:
A Scientific Associate to ensure delivery of a wide range of potency and immunoassay CMC activities associated with the testing of biological products across multiple product lifecycles.
This is a full time position based in our Liverpool site. 
At Pharmaron we offer:
  • Vibrant and dynamic employment – we are a highly specialised, growth company operating in a critical sector of the economy – our future is strong and exciting!
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and yourself – our rapid growth brings greater opportunities for you to learn and grow faster!
  • A great team where we all support each other – enjoy your work – after all you spend about a third of your time here!
  • BSc/ MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant life sciences field with biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical experience or PhD (or equivalent industrial experience) in a relevant life sciences field.
  • Proven industrial experience within the biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical industry (gene therapy most ideal). Working in analytical development, performing method development, equipment qualification, phase appropriate validation and testing.
  • Working knowledge of areas within analytical sciences including but not limited to Immunoassays (ELISA), Potency assays, Molecular Biology (qPCR, ddPCR).
  • Experience of taking responsibility for leading some activities within the design and delivery of projects.
  • Evidence of ability to effectively influence to multi-disciplinary scientific teams.
  • Experience in writing procedures, protocols, and reports.
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of statistical techniques for the planning/ analysis of experiments and handling large amounts of data.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills and excellent attention to detail and a methodical approach. 
  • Work within and contribute to a multi-disciplined environment. 
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret results and solve complex analytical problems with an appreciation of business needs.
  • Knowledge of regulatory guidelines and GMP regulations. 
  • Clear understanding of science and a passion for keeping abreast and implementing analytical advancements/ new technologies. 
  • Safety minded.
  • Customer service focused. 
  • Evidence of continued learning within their own discipline, as well as the desire to acquire higher level knowledge and skill across the business.
  • Ability to set up new initiatives and propose new/ improved ways of working.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a dynamic team. 
  • High attention to detail and can demonstrate sound scientific opinion in written and oral interactions.
  • Flexible attitude to work, capable of adapting to changing demands and requirements. 
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage/ prioritise workloads for various project types in order to meet project timelines.
Key roles and responsibilities:
  • Plans, executes, and ensures delivery of a wide range of potency assays, including but not limited to; the design, development, phase appropriate validation, sample testing, transfer and reporting of activities within the laboratory. 
  • Effectively communicates updates to stakeholders in a prompt, professional manner. 
  • Writes a range of documents in a manner consistent with department practices including, experimental write-ups, protocols, reports, as well as performing the subsequent analysis of complex data as required. 
  • Supports maintaining of lab areas, including actively resolving day to day equipment or technical issues, stock management, and timely resolves or escalates laboratory issues as necessary to Sr Mgr.
  • Performs training of others in analytical techniques, technologies and/ or departmental procedures to meet expected training level requirements as required.
  • Supports the timely delivery, installation and qualification of new capital equipment items to increase Biologics Development capabilities.
  • Consistently drives 5S and operational excellence initiatives as a means for continuous improvement to ensure that the department is a high performing team.
  • Provides periodic cover outside of normal working hours for essential operations when required by the business. 
  • Performs all activities in accordance with regulatory, quality and EHS requirements.
  • Expands expertise in areas relating to potency analysis.  
Our Company: “We are a dynamic, fast-growing company, with an enviable reputation for leading edge science, offering contract research services to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, solving what were believed to be unsolvable scientific challenges”.
We believe in our ability to relentlessly push forward the boundaries of scientific excellence, delivering solutions for our clients, always operating ethically and with integrity. We take pride in our professionalism and commitment to always deliver our very best work.
We are based in the vibrant city of Liverpool with a world class R&D and manufacturing facility that offers a complete end to end development service. Our 80,000 sq. ft facility houses an established Biologics Department that consists of Analytical and Process Sciences. Our Liverpool site has a remarkable 20 Year Track Record in Biologics Development, which now offer A Fully Integrated
Gene Therapy Drug Substance Solution in our state of the art cGMP facility purpose designed for viral vectors with onsite plasmid DNA and renowned analytical capabilities for release and characterisation
The Pharmaron Liverpool Team has consistently delivered biologics programs across all development phases and due to constant growth we are now recruiting a GMP Support Operator.
  • We offer a competitive salary and a progressive and comprehensive suite of employee benefits
  • We offer state of the art working environment in our modern Liverpool site
  • We offer the opportunity for growth and development and will support funding for relevant training and development programmes
We do more than manufacture batches, we develop medicines!
Why Should You Apply?
  • This is an opportunity for you as a Scientific Associate professional to make a real impact in a highly scientific and regulated environment, demonstrate leadership, ambition and the desire to grow with the department.
  • Build and shape your career in an environment that sets and commits to the highest standards.
  • To be part of a team who support each other, embrace and solve technical challenges and put excellence at the heart of all that we do.
Pharmaron is a premier R&D service company supporting the life sciences industry. Founded in 2004, Pharmaron has invested in its people and facilities having established diverse drug R&D service capabilities, ranging from synthetic, medicinal, and analytical chemistry, biology, DMPK, pharmacology, drug safety assessment, radiochemistry and isotopically labelled metabolism, chemical & pharmaceutical development to clinical development.  With operations in China, US and UK staffed by over 19,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in the delivery of R&D solutions to its partners in North America, Europe, Japan, and China.

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