Microbial Fermentation Research Scientist

£25 - £30 per hour
  1. Interim/Contract
Slough, Berkshire
  1. Technical Operations, Quality Control, Microbiologist

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Hobson Prior are looking for a Microbial Fermentation Research Scientist to strengthen the Upstream Process Sciences team at a leading biopharmaceutical company on an initial 12-month contract basis, with the option to extend or to go permanent.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work in conjunction with various process scientists and analytical scientists as well as research and clinical manufacturing groups.
  • Apply knowledge in microbial process development, biochemical engineering, statistics, molecular biology, analytical methods and cellular metabolism to assist in the process development and optimisation of upstream processes producing protein therapeutics for projects at the early stage of clinical development.
  • Performing microbial process development experiments for the improvement of existing processes at lab and pilot scale (from 250mL to 200L).
  • Recognising scale-up challenges and developing vigorous processes for tech transfer to manufacturing scale.
  • Trending and examining laboratory data in order to present results to line manager, USP team and at internal meetings.
  • Providing traceable records of lab work, experimental design and report writing.
  • Representing the Upstream Process Sciences group in cross-functional project teams.
  • Providing support with reviewing, writing and updating internal procedures and documents.
  • Contributing to the upkeep and organisation of a safe laboratory working environment, including involvement in writing and reviewing HSE risk assessments related to USP activities.
  • Providing technical knowledge in upstream processing for internal customers.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to design and perform process development experiments as well as exceptional data interpretation, drawing of conclusions and proposals for further work.
  • Capability to learn and use appropriate data management concepts and tools.
  • Experience writing comprehensive and accurate SOPs and protocols/reports.
  • Having an understanding of E.coli physiology would be beneficial.


  • Proven expertise in the operation of lab and pilot scale microbial processes, including the use of various bioreactor systems and relevant operating control software.
  • Involvement with high throughput technologies, automation, miniaturisation, statistics and/or programming is preferred.
  • Experience in cGMP and large-scale manufacturing equipment and practices and with the transfer of technology to cGMP operations is preferred.

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