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Principal Scientist / Team Lead, Analytical

35 / per week - Full-Time
Cowley ,

Our employees are able to develop their careers in exciting new medical technologies, and so can you.

Oxford Biomedica’s Process R&D team consists of experienced scientists and engineers that have extensive expertise in all aspects of upstream and downstream development.  PR&D take processes from the laboratory “bench” scale and apply process expertise and engineering fundamentals for delivery to Manufacturing.

We are currently recruiting for a Principal Scientist / Team Lead, Analytical to join the team.  The purpose of this role is to lead a team of Scientists and Laboratory Technicians and effectively co-ordinate the daily activities to ensure PR&D timelines are met, whilst maintaining compliance with GLP/GMP & safety regulations.

Your responsibilities in this role would be:

  • Responsible for the line management of a team of analytical scientists and laboratory technicians; including managing performance, motivating the team and carrying out recruitment activities.
  • Manage and prioritise the team’s workload and results, ensuring results are delivered on time and at appropriate levels of quality.
  • Perform assays, report results and QC check assays for release in accordance with local rules.
  • Review and approve training records, and where appropriate organize and conduct training.
  • Contribute to and/or lead trouble shooting and technical investigations.
  • Contribute to and/or lead both departmental and company initiatives/projects.
  • Write, review and approve PR&D Policies, SOPs, forms and technical reports.
  • Responsible for ensuring the GLP (and where necessary GMP) compliance of the laboratory and equipment.
  • Ensure all direct reports or persons involved in projects are fully trained and maintain a high standard of record keeping and documentation of experiments so that information is clearly captured, disseminated and reported.
  • Maintain awareness of upcoming technologies, and keep up to date with current literature and thinking.
  • Promote appropriate, effective communication within team, with members of other departments, and with external collaborators.
  • Contribute to cross departmental activities and provide expert advice and technical input where needed.
  • Maintain a safe working environment by ensuring appropriate H&S training, risk assessments and COSHH assessments are in place.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following skills and experience:

  • BSc, MSc or PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant Bioscience with an appropriate level of relevant laboratory experience.
  • Previous experience of working within an industrial analytical laboratory environment is beneficial.
  • Laboratory technical experience in one or more of the following areas: cell culture, qPCR or ELISA.
  • Good understanding of lentiviral vectors (or other gene therapy vectors), and associated product quality attributes.
  • Line management experience.
  • A sound understanding of basic biopharmaceutical process development activities.
  • In-depth knowledge of the regulatory requirements for analytical work (e.g. product specifications, stability testing guidelines etc) is required.
  • Understanding of laboratory health and safety requirements to ensure reports and junior staff adhere to these.
  • Ability to work within GLP/GMP environment and maintain compliance.
  • Familiarisation with GMP work practices would be a benefit.
  • Experience of managing multiple projects
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Able to prioritise workloads and work under pressure
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic

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