Assay Development Scientist

Harrogate, UK
18 Jul 2019
21 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Covance have an exciting opportunity for an Assay Development Scientist to join their growing team in Harrogate.

Job Title: Assay Development Scientist

Location: Harrogate

Salary: Competitive + Benefits

Covance is a global, world-leading Life Sciences Contract Research Organisation that provides dedicated and fully comprehensive laboratory testing and drug development services to the pharmaceutical industry.

At Covance, we offer opportunities to work on diverse, challenging projects with bright, interesting colleagues while building a flexible and rewarding career. We put our trust in science and in one another. This is your chance to become part of a team that helps to bring the miracles of medicine to market sooner, as Covance has helped pharmaceutical and biotech companies develop one-third of all prescriptions medicines in the market today.

Assay Development Scientist - About The Role:

Our largest UK site in Harrogate is currently recruiting for an Assay Development Scientist to join the Biopharmaceutical Chemistry Manufacturing Controls (CMC) division. The BiopharmaCMC team is focused on providing analytical support in the drug development pathway for the characterisation and stability assessment of large protein molecules, including: vaccines, antibodies, cytokines and growth factors.

The accurate characterisation of a drug is necessary to release manufactured batches of the drug, assess stability and evaluate the impact of changes in manufacturing process or in formulation. This is achieved using a variety of analytical techniques such as: SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, Capillary IsoElectric Focusing, Capillary Electrophoresis, HPLC/ UHPLC, UV spectroscopy, ELISA and mass spectrometry.

Working within a dedicated BioCMC assay development team, the successful candidate will be involved in the development of analytical workflows and will be primarily responsible for protein characterisation studies, assay establishment/ team training and assay validation prior to application to cGMP batch release and stability studies. The Subject Matter Expert will liaise closely with QC Scientists and those who have overall responsibility for the scientific, technical and regulatory conduct of these studies.

Assay Development Scientist - Responsibilities:

- The development, establishment and validation of analytical methods; interpreting and documenting data and reporting of results.

- Provision of scientific expertise; able to give technical advise and training to internal/ external clients and guide decision making or trouble-shooting processes.

- Documentation of studies to the required scientific and regulatory standards, and in accordance with study protocol and Covance standard operating procedure.

- Understanding of client requirements (i.e. critical aspects) and planning accordingly to deliver targets on time, and to manage study changes and budget.

- Anticipation of problems that may affect timing or data quality, taking appropriate action to minimise impact or resolve issues.

- Networking between departments to meet the demands of multi-disciplinary client programs.

- Where appropriate, publish and present at conferences and symposia, etc.

Assay Development Scientist - You:

Education / Qualifications

- Scientific degree (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences etc.)


- Minimum 5 years' experience working in the scientific industry working with one or more of the following techniques: HPLC, GC, Mass Spectrometry & Pharmacopoeial Methods.

- An understanding of health and safety policies

- An understanding of GMP/GLP/GCP.

- The post holder should be able to communicate effectively at all levels and integrate well within an established and fast growing team.

Here, you will have the opportunity to personally advance healthcare and make a difference in peoples' lives with your bold ideas and unique point of view. Join us as we speed the delivery of groundbreaking therapies and anticipate tomorrow's drug development challenges, creating new possibilities for our clients and your career.

To submit your CV for this exciting Assay Development Scientist opportunity, please click 'Apply' now!

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