Post-Doctoral Researcher (Assays Development) Fluorescent Tags – Godmanchester
Salary – Competitive + Health and Dental care + Life Assurance + Pension + 27days Holidays + Flexible working and remote working options
1 year fixed term contract
The company are a leading firm who provides complementary expertise and knowledge to accelerate the translation of research into products. Our client has an interest in a huge range of novel technologies and actively works with partners to develop the potential for these technologies into marketable solutions.
To accelerate the development of the company’s novel fluorescent tags by evaluating their suitability
and performance in a range of biological applications. You will be working as part of an interdisciplinary
team that includes chemists, physicists and biochemists.
KEY RESULT AREAS
Develop and optimise biochemical and biophysical assays to evaluate the suitability of novel bio-functionalised fluorescent nanoparticles for end-use applications.
Support the synthesis team in material development of fluorescent nanoparticles by carrying out routine assay work using established protocols.
Effective communication with all team members and the wider organisation to distribute results, discuss problems, and provide next-step recommendations to progress the project.
Accurate recording of all practical work to ensure that new Intellectual Property (IP) is appropriately documented.
Develop and optimise assays to evaluate the suitability of bio-functionalised nanoparticles for end-use applications, critically analysing and reporting results, identifying trends and anomalies.
Support the synthesis team in material development of novel fluorescent nanoparticles by carrying out assay work using established protocols, providing timely feedback on performance.
Assist in identifying and contacting external experts to accelerate progress and evaluate new proposals.
Initiation, delivery and documentation of high-quality studies and mini projects based on sound scientific hypotheses to achieve R&D targets.
Compilation of results in a timely and accurate manner, in the required format (written, verbal, formal presentation). Presentation of data in one-to-one discussions, team meetings and at wider company discussion forums.
Creative contribution to brainstorms, studies and project meeting discussions.
Effective communication with biologists, chemists, physicists, and project leaders, as well as external collaborators.
Identification of IP, filing of invention disclosures, and providing feedback to ensure high quality patent applications.
Ensure that health and safety standards are being met and maintained. Work safely within the laboratory environment; carry out COSHH and risk assessments of processes.
Maintenance of a tidy and efficient laboratory environment for all laboratory users. Perform functional duties as required.
Where required, assist with market analyses to evaluate unmet needs and potential value propositions.
Skills and Experience
A PhD in a relevant biological discipline or alternatively a degree within a relevant biological discipline coupled with equivalent relevant experience in an industrial or academic environment.
Extensive experience within at least one of the following areas is essential:
Fluorescence-based assay development and optimisation for the detection of proteins or nucleic acids.
Surface chemistry strategies for immobilisation of proteins and nucleic acids to surfaces.
Additional experience in one or more of the following areas would be highly desirable:
Statistical analysis methods, including use of MiniTab.
Methods for characterizing ligand-protein interactions (binding kinetics, binding affinity).
Automation of the assay workflow.
Surface functionalisation, purification and characterisation of nanoparticles.
Fluorescence-based biochemical techniques (e.g. microarray, cell labelling, gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry).
Programming for automation of data analysis.
In addition, the following personal attributes are required:
Strong organisational skills, good time management and attention to detail.
Strong communication and influencing skills across scientific disciplines.
A clear and succinct communicator of complex technical information to management and non-scientific colleagues.
Curiosity, and the ability to acquire new skills and areas of expertise.
Excellent problem-solving capabilities, in combination with a willingness to seek expert assistance and peer advice when required.
An ability to develop hypotheses, draw conclusions and make sound recommendations with clear justifications.
An ability to plan, prioritise and work independently and in collaboration with others.
An ability to respond to the rapid changing needs and priorities of a dynamic research environment.
Additional Resources Ltd is an Employment Business and an Employment Agency as defined within The Conduct of Employment Agencies & Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.