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Senior Scientist (Grade 3)

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

  • Salary: Up to £45k per annum
  • Job type: Interim/Contract
  • Posted: 18/12/2018
  • Contact name: Christopher Wise
  • Contact number: 01892 612612
  • Ref: 3869

Job description

Senior Scientist (Grade 3)

Position profile:
We are looking to recruit a senior scientist to expand and strengthen the antimicrobial profiling capabilities. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast moving, dynamic company whilst
enhancing your experience at the cutting edge of antimicrobial drug discovery. We are looking for a scientist with experience and interest in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques and applying them to understand the genome-wide impact of novel antimicrobial compounds. This role is expected to mix laboratory-based processes (NGS sample prep and microbiology) with critical data analysis and interpretation. Knowledge of early-stage drug discovery and development would also be beneficial.

The Senior scientist will report to the Director/ Associate Director (Discovery Platform Group).

Main tasks and responsibilities:
• Preparation of samples (nucleic acid extraction techniques), library preparation and sequencing of different microbial pathogens
• Maintaining and applying optimised NGS methodologies
• Analysis and interpretation of genomic profiles derived from NGS experiments
• The opportunity to contribute to other biology and microbiology workflows within the company and learn the fundamentals of drug design and optimisation
• Communicating results and lab issues in a timely manner with clarity and precision, both verbally and in writing
• Keeping detailed records of high quality, reproducible experiments

Candidate specification:
• BTec/HND/BSc/MSc in job-related field of study and 2+ year of relevant laboratory experience
• Design, set up and execute experiments, follow protocols in minute details and analyse resultant data within agreed timelines
• Strong microbiology background with good appreciation of bacterial physiology and metabolic pathways
• Experience in drug discovery in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector preferred
• Good interpersonal/communication skills and team ethic
• Ability to work individually and as part of a team
• An adaptable team player capable of working to tight deadlines and exacting standards
• Strong organisational skills including ability to prioritise & work under pressure
• Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and apply new concepts and techniques