R&D Scientist - Newcastle

Job Description

  1. Integrate the R&D team to lead and execute the development of a new process for the filtration and recycling of cell culture medium, employable towards a range of products in the bioeconomy.
  2. Lead the set-up of specialised equipment, consumables, and facilities for downstream medium collection, processing, and analysis.
  3. Test the effectiveness of the new processes using a wide range of analytical tests covering proteomic, lipidomic, metabolomic, microbiologic, and biofunctional analysis.
  4. Write new methods and guidelines related to the newly developed processes.
  5. Write reports describing the various experiments and present main conclusions to the R&D team. Interpret statistical data to identify trends and generate technical reports.
  6. Ensure the effective sourcing and supply of key materials to be used within R&D projects.
  7. Liaise with other team members for effective and timely delivery of project objectives.
  8. Attend and participate in the Company’s project and technical meetings. Provide technical updates to the R&D team when required.

Key skills and qualifications:

  1. PhD in Biochemistry, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or related field of study.
  2. Extensive experience in downstream processing techniques at 1-100 litre scale such as liquid filtration and chromatography, and media reconstitution and recycling following specifications based on a fundamental understanding of medium composition and property relationships.
  3. Extensive experience in media production, filtration, and analysis, and in media requirements for animal/mammalian cell culture.
  4. Extensive experience in quantitative/qualitative analytical equipment methods.
  5. Experience of process development, preferably associated with cell culture media purification, filtration, and recycling. 
  6. Ability to troubleshoot issues that may arise in process development.
  7. Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  8. Proficiency in documenting laboratory procedures and results.
  9. Fluency in English, both spoken and written.

Other requirements:

  1. Proven experience in academia (3+ years postdoctoral, preferably within industry projects) or industry (2+ years), with an R&D position. 
  2. Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  3. Have excellent communication, people and presentation skills. 
  4. Motivation and ambition to pursue a career progression in biotech.
  5. Good time management skills.
  6. Well organised.
  7. Able to multitask.
  8. Takes ownership of tasks.
  9. Happy in a small team.
  10. Good eye for detail