Research Scientist - Viral Vectors

Research Scientist - Viral Vectors

Job Title: Research Scientist - Viral Vectors
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Excellent Salary D.o.E. plus bonus & excellent benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 16191 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 01, 2019 08:00

Job Description

A fast-developing Biotech whose technology is based on programmed T – cells and located in west London are seeking Research Scientists is recruiting for to join their Viral Vector R&D team.  The purpose of the role is to develop processes for the manufacture of Lentiviral and Retroviral vectors for use within clinical trials.

The role of Research Scientist is to develop processes suitable for the manufacture of lentiviral and retroviral vectors and their transfer to the manufacturing facility in Stevenage, working with partners based in North West London.  This includes the manufacture of vectors at a small scale using automated processes and bioreactors in sterile environments.  As the role is focused on the tech transfer of these methods you will manage the associated documentation to ensure this is in place and accurate, plus compliance to GMP.   As this is a more senior position within the laboratories you will support the design of research programmes, mentor more junior staff members and oversee their work. The development of their vectors is based at their West London location, they work closely with another site located in North West London meaning this role will require occasional travel to this site.

They are a clinical stage Biotech who have developed CAR – T cell therapies for the treatment of cancers by developing programmed cells using their modular technology to engineer precisely targeted, controlled and active therapies.  To complement their therapies at the clinical stage they have a strong pipeline behind these including those due to reach trials soon.  The organisation has existed for 4 years and is very well funded, with a clear strategy and expansion plan for the next 3 years to bring their current therapies to commercial launch and beyond

Desired Skills and Experience:

For this opportunity, you will need to be ideally educated to PhD level in a relevant scientific discipline with postdoctoral experience in academia or industry.  However, an MSc with relevant experience is just as valuable.  You will need to have experience of working with viral vectors and the development or running of manufacture methods including the use of bioreactors, purification and cell culture methods.  If you have GMP experience then this is advantageous but not essential for your application.