Cell Culture Research Assistant
My client is a pharmaceutical company focussed on developing therapeutics from the human gut microbiome. Live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) derived from the gut microbiome represent a new class of drugs that contain live organisms for the prevention, treatment or cure of disease. They are a world leader in the LBP field and currently have two clinical stage programmes and a strong pipeline of pre-clinical programmes in autoimmunity, inflammation, oncology and CNS disease.
Purpose of the Job
The successful candidate will provide support and technical assistance to the immunology department with the aim of characterising immunological responses to human intestinal microbes using in vitro screening assays and analysis of preclinical samples.
The role requires extensive experience in immunology-based cell culture techniques, particularly the preparation and maintenance of primary cell cultures from mice. The post holder will be expected to engage in a variety of laboratory responsibilities pertinent to the day-to-day running of the immunology group including (but not limited to) sample and reagent tracking, experimental planning and general laboratory maintenance. Ideal candidates will have a strong team working ethic and an ability to work independently while communicating effectively within the department.
Experience / Qualifications Required
• Minimum qualifications 2:1 honours degree in biology, biomedical sciences, cell biology or immunology
• Preferably a master’s degree in a relevant immunology area
• Extensive cell culture experience both cell lines and primary cell culture
• Adherence to aseptic techniques is critical
• Experience of co-culture techniques would be advantageous
• Knowledge of ELISA-based quantification techniques and flow cytometry would also be an advantage
Key Areas of Responsibility
• Provide technical support to immunology research scientists within the scope of sample preparation, storage, tracking and analysis
• Produce high quality cell cultures for routine immunology assays
• Management of reagents within the immunology department alongside general laboratory maintenance
• Involvement in planning-weekly work schedule
Salary: £25-28,000 PA