Technical Support - Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry

16 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
At UCB everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” We do that by connecting with patients and their families around the world living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease of the immune system and the central nervous system. Those connections offer new perspectives, drive innovation, and offer the hope of a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.

Role Overview

We are currently looking for a Research Associate to support the Protein Structure & Biophysics and Bispecific Target Discovery departments. Both departments are part of Discovery Science and play leading roles in the biophysical and structural characterisation of target proteins as well as the screening and identification of new drug targets and novel antibody therapeutics.

The role involves routine laboratory tasks including molecular biology, DNA preparation, mammalian cell culture and harvesting, membrane preparations, biologics sample aliquoting, inventory management and sample distribution for high throughput screening assays. The successful candidate will be exposed to a variety of discovery projects and receive regular coaching and input from the teams. Being a motivated, diligent and attentive individual, you will ensure the smooth running of laboratory workflows, work closely with other team members and use excellent communication skills to liaise with other departments.

Primary responsibilities

Molecular biology (cloning, transformations, bacterial cell culture), small and large-scale DNA preparation
Maintenance of mammalian cell lines, transfections, harvesting of supernatants and cell pellets
Preparation of cell membranes
Preparation and maintenance of stock and buffer solutions, ordering of consumables
Protein aliquoting, maintaining accurate records of sample location using Excel and barcode scanning software
Responding to regular sample requests, liaising with scientists to ensure timely sample delivery

Essential experience

B.Sc. in Biological Sciences or equivalent or relative laboratory experience
Demonstrable experience in bacterial and mammalian cell culture
Demonstrable experience in handling large numbers of samples
Competent with pipettes (manual, electronic, single and multichannel)
Meticulous, diligent, able to keep accurate records, good organisational skills
Ability to communicate clearly and work efficiently in a team
Ability to work well under pressure and respond to changing priorities to meet deadlines
Ability to work on several projects in parallel
Computer literate (proficiency in Microsoft Office)

Desirable skills

Experience working in a GMP/GLP laboratory
Experience with biologics inventory management software (e.g. Mosaic or similar)
Experience in protein expression and purification

We can offer you an informal, friendly and open working environment. You will be exposed to a variety of discovery projects and receive regular coaching and input from the teams you are working with.

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