Biomarker Specialist

£62000 - £67000 per annum
  1. Permanent
Slough, Berkshire
  1. Technical Operations, Discovery / R&D, Assay

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Hobson Prior are looking for a Biomarker Specialist to join a leading biopharmaceutical company who purely concentrate on neurology and immunology. This position will be on a permanent basis located in Slough.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Dual role: Scientific Project Team-facing as well as technical/laboratory-facing elements.
  • You will help define the technical biomarker assay performance assessment requirements by bridging immunoassay feasibility with the scientific question.
  • You will employ your expertise for the development of complex biomarker assays for measuring analytes in biofluids and tissue samples exploring diverse approaches to ensure delivery of high-quality fit-for-purpose assays.
  • Accountable to manage and resolve complex scientific/technical challenges with innovative solutions whilst ensuring effective stakeholder interactions.
  • Using in-house developed or commercially available immunoassays to measure the levels of biomarkers and biologic drug candidates.
  • Assessment of novel biomarkers to ensure right dose, right molecule and right patient population within future clinical trials.
  • Where appropriate, characterize antibodies, conduct reagent evaluation and perform reagent qualification assays.
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of assay development and troubleshoot technical challenges across multiple platforms.
  • Provide the appropriate levels of assay quality to ensure fit-for-purpose use.
  • Work within the Bioanalytical area to optimize experimental design, troubleshooting, sample analysis, data interpretation and report generation.

Key Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task effectively in a dynamic laboratory environment to project timelines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate clearly to colleagues, able to discuss ideas, provide constructive challenge and useful feedback.


  • BSc in a biological discipline.
  • Proven track record of developing bespoke fit-for-purpose biomarker immunoassays from first principles for pre-clinical and clinical assessments.
  • Experience with linking Biomarker Strategy to Assay Specifications.
  • Wide-ranging, direct, recent expertise with development of ligand binding assays/immunoassays from starting principles in the laboratory; the ideal candidate would be willing to contribute on an ongoing basis in the laboratory.
  • Proven experience in immunoassays across platforms including ELISA, MSD, ELLA, Gyros, Singulex, Simoa/Quanterix, other; ability to compare case-specific pros/cons across platforms.
  • Prior experience with initiating/defining requirements for case-specific tool reagent generation for assay development.
  • Proven experience of biomarker assay development with diverse types of tool reagents.
  • Proven experience of biomarker assay development across diverse immunoassay formats.
  • Proven experience of factors for consideration for selection of appropriate endogenous controls and appropriate endogenous QCs tailored for the specific biomarker assay type.
  • Firm understanding of biomarker assay validation for clinical assessments in the Clinical Study Report and demonstrable knowledge of the latest regulatory standards, industry best practices, attendance at relevant biomarker conferences.
  • Clear grasp of context of use (linking assay requirements to the usage of the data generated).
  • Proven experience with identifying limitations/caveats of biomarker assays.
  • Proven experience with setting LLOQ, MRD, validation tier and acceptance criteria.
  • Experience working with Critical Reagents for clinical study support.
  • An understanding of the impact of biological and assay variability for fit for purpose biomarker assay development and data interpretation and proven expertise in delivery.

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