10 January 2020
Permanent full time, 37.5 hours per week
Based in Corsham, Wiltshire, UK
Microgenetics exists to help mankind win the war against pathogens. We identify problems in microbiology that were previously impossible to solve and develop new technology to solve them. We are an exciting start-up backed by the UK’s fastest growing pharmaceutical company (Qualasept Pharmaxo) aiming to revolutionise microbiology.
We are currently working with partners in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and veterinary diagnostics sector to develop our products:
- SmartControl: Environmental monitoring software that seamlessly captures images of every sample to ensure data integrity with zero capital expenditure.
- SwiftDetect: A rapid test that can detect the presence or absence of a single cell in a large volume in under six hours, using our hybrid PCR technology.
We are looking for a Research Scientist to join Microgenetics to contribute to the development and commercialisation of SwiftDetect, as well as to identify and contribute to the research of future products. This highly sensitive microbial detection test will replace traditional sterility testing and validation activities within the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. We are also developing the test for use in other sectors with two current projects in agriculture (testing for Bovine Tb and testing for a crop pathogen).
What will be expected of you
The Research Scientist will work in close collaboration with other scientists in the team, academic advisors and Microgenetics management. The role will report to the Principal Scientist.
- Develop methodologies and conduct research projects, initially focussed on microbial detection methods with various applications, and in the future other research projects with a broader clinical diagnostic focus
- Support the provision of SwiftDetect service.
- Collect and analyse data using qualitative and quantitative techniques and accurately document results.
- Participate in regular discussions with the R&D team and disseminate results of projects as appropriate e.g. presentations, publishing in academic literature.
- Maintain documentation systems and filing of all relevant records, reports and other documentation associated with projects
- Write and review SOPs and other technical documentation
- Work in the Laboratory in a safe and effective manner and in accordance with the recommendations of the Guide to Good Laboratory Practice, local procedures and all relevant safety regulations including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and report risks and poor practices.
- Help to maintain the operation of the R&D Laboratory in accordance with good laboratory practice (GLP).
- Keep up to date with research and technology in fields relevant to Microgenetics
- Commit to participate in out of hours working when required to meet the needs of a project.
What we are looking for
- PhD in microbiology/molecular biology/genetics or related subject
- A minimum of 3 years’ lab experience
- Experience in nucleic acid amplification technologies
- Experience in microbiological methods
- Proficiency in a range of lab techniques
Even better if you have:
- One or more years’ of post-PhD lab experience
- Experience working with bovine tuberculosis
- Experience of the development of nucleic acid amplification technologies
- Experience of working to a Quality Management System
In return we offer rewards and benefits including:
- Salary range £27,000 to £34,000 per annum (dependant on experience, knowledge & skills)
- 29 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays (increasing with service)
- Generous company pension scheme
- Life assurance
- Company bonus scheme (dependent on profit goals)
- Additional non-contractual benefits; free breakfast and outdoor gym
- Funding and flexibility for new research projects
This role will play a critical part in driving Microgenetics to success in taking our exciting technology from lab bench to commercially available products.
Microgenetics is based in a new science park development in Corsham in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy commutes from Bath, Bristol and Chippenham.
Come and join us in revolutionising microbiology! If you would like more information about this position or would like to apply with covering letter (including an overview of laboratory work and relevant experience) and CV, please email email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Monday 27th January 2020. Interviews will take place week commencing 10th February 2020. You will be contacted by Wednesday 29th January if you have been shortlisted for an interview.