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Scientist, Upstream Processing: Innovation (2 posts)

Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5SP   •  ┬úcompetitive  •  Permanent, Full time


As a leading international clinical and commercial manufacturer of biologics and pharmaceuticals, Cobra Biologics offers a broad range of integrated and stand-alone contract development and manufacturing services for clinical trials and the commercial market. We take pride in manufacturing excellence and being a trusted provider, delivering what we promise and helping our customers to develop drugs for the benefit of patients.

We are currently seeking to recruit a Scientist within the Innovation Department at Keele, Staffordshire, UK. The successful candidate will be responsible for biologics upstream process development.

Main duties will include:

  • Execution of microbial fermentation (shake flask and bioreactor) and microbial cell banking within our research and high quality facilities in support of commercial contracts, gene therapy viral vector development and Innovate UK grants with academic institutions.
  • To assist in the transfer/development of new processes, unit operations or techniques within the team and into GMP across all sites or to external clients.
  • Interpretation of data, communicating results and performing impact assessment.
  • Generate study plans, technical reports, Standard Operating Procedures and Batch Reports as required.
  • Aseptic working and the ability to work in an aseptic environment.
  • Provide training to less experienced staff in techniques, as required.

The ideal applicant will possess at a minimum a HNC/HND (or equivalent) in a science subject with previous practical laboratory experience in a relevant technical area in an academic or industrial environment and/or a BSc or equivalent qualification in biochemistry, biotechnology, microbial technology, or biochemical engineering and have proven experience in an appropriate research discipline. A PhD on a topic within the department’s area of expertise would be advantageous but not essential. Experience with mammalian cell culture is not essential but will be desirable.

The applicant should be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, strong practical skills within their area of expertise and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

The successful candidate must be flexible in their approach to work and willing to work additional hours to accommodate processing. The enthusiasm to learn and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels within the organisation are also essential.

This role will be based at Keele, Staffordshire, however, a willingness to travel within the Group will be required.


You must be eligible to work in the UK. Learn more

  • Employer: Cobra Biologics
  • Contact: HR Team
  • Phone: 01782714181
  • Reference: CBK2119
  • Updated: 15th August 2019
  • Expires: 12th September 2019

Cobra Biologics

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