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As a leading international clinical and commercial manufacturer of biologics and pharmaceuticals, Cobra Biologics offers a broad range of integrated and stand-alone contract development and manufacturing services for clinical trials and the commercial market. We take pride in manufacturing excellence and being a trusted provider, delivering what we promise and helping our customers to develop drugs for the benefit of patients.

We are currently seeking to recruit a Senior Scientist within the Innovation Department at Keele, Staffordshire, UK. The successful candidate will be responsible for the optimisation of viral vector bioprocessing and analytical characterisation.

Main duties will include:

  • Mammalian cell culture and transient transfection, relating to viral vector production.
  • Viral vector bioprocessing using mammalian cell culture, including some experience in upstream and downstream methodologies.
  • Supporting the transfer of processes into GMP across all sites or to external clients.
  • Responsibility for the interpretation of data, impact assessment and provision of recommendations for further development or scale up. 
  • Supporting Commercial activities and working closely with Project Management.
  • Provide training to less experienced staff in techniques, as required.

The ideal applicant will possess a PhD/EngD qualification, or significant industrial experience in a relevant field including virology, cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or biochemical engineering or equivalent qualification and proven experience in an appropriate research discipline. 

Applicants will have practical laboratory or process experience within an academic or industrial environment and be able to demonstrate high levels of organisation, planning and contingency.  Experience and good level of knowledge of virus purification and analytical characterisation, as well as experience in the development of relevant analytical assays is essential. Proven experience and a good level of knowledge of molecular biology manipulations is also required.

The applicant should be able to demonstrate strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills, strong practical skills within their area of expertise and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams. The applicant should have experience in scientific writing through published work in peer reviewed scientific journals. In addition, the ability to reach sound scientific conclusions, solve complex scientific challenges, present, discuss and defend data/scientific direction both internally and externally to collaborators/clients is essential.

The successful candidate must be flexible in their approach to work and willing to work additional hours to accommodate processing.  The enthusiasm to learn and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels within the organisation are also essential.

This role will be based at Keele, Staffordshire, however, a willingness to travel within the Group will be required.

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