- ELISA Development Scientist – Biochemistry / Microbiology
- Worthing, West Sussex
- Biochemistry degree (or similar) ESSENTIAL
- Some industrial experience (ideally Pharmaceutical) ESSENTIAL
- Experience of ELISAs and other plate-based Immunoassays ESSENTIAL
- Scientific data analysis and technical documentation skills ESSENTIAL
- Develop biochemical methods and vaccine products
- Permanent role with competitive salary
The perfect opportunity for a Life Science graduate with some industrial experience (ideally in GMP / GLP) and a good understanding of ELISAs and other Immunoassays. You will undertake the development and validation of biochemical assays, processes and regulatory data to drive improvements in the delivery and support of current and future vaccine products. This is a new role that has arisen due to the company’s ongoing expansion and exciting development plans.
A pioneering Europe-based Pharmaceutical organisation specialising in the treatment and prevention of allergies. Their unique focus is on the vaccination and prevention of conditions such as hay fever and their products are fascinating, complex and ever-changing. The company employs around 270 people in Worthing and has an excellent reputation for providing career development opportunities, challenging and engaging work and a pleasant, vibrant working environment.
Based in the busy Development team, which has close links to QC, QA, Stability, Regulatory Affairs and GMP Production, you will work in a range of projects to develop, validate, troubleshoot and support various biochemical assays, generate and analyse data, troubleshoot ongoing issues and ensure full compliance to GMP. The primary focus will be ELISA development, as well as gel-based assays (e.g. SDS-PAGE) and you will handle complex scientific data in order to produce clear, detailed reports for internal teams and healthcare authorities. You will also support a variety of ongoing projects relating to method transfer and biochemical test development, ultimately making drug products more stable, efficient and safe for the patient.
You will interact closely with other departments, such as QC, so it is essential that you have strong communication skills and the ability to work alongside scientists at different levels. This is a varied role that requires someone with a proactive, problem-solving approach to your work and the ability to manage your own time.
In addition to a competitive salary (negotiable depending on experience, up to around £24,000), the company offers excellent career development opportunities and the following benefits:
- 25 days' holiday
- Stakeholder pension plan
- Private medical cover
- Life insurance scheme
- Non-contractual, discretionary annual bonus
The successful candidate will have a Biochemistry background (or similar, ideally to degree level) and you must have some experience gained in a Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics or similar commercial environment. You must have strong data analysis and manipulation experience, with the ability to use a variety of statistical packages (e.g. Excel) and it is essential that you understand assay validation and development processes - particularly ELISAs but also other types of Immunoassay and Gel-based assay, including SDS-PAGE, Western Blotting, Isoelectric Focusing and more. Good communication and work planning skills are essential. Immunology knowledge is desirable but not essential. Above all else, you must be able to demonstrate a keen scientific interest and the enthusiasm to build specialist knowledge in the development of adjuvant vaccine products for allergy treatment.
This is a permanent role