Senior Scientist - Neuroscience

£30000 - £40000 per annum
02 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
The company has its Translational Biology division based in the Edinburgh BioQuarter, offering specialist preclinical contract research services to Pharmaceutical & Biotech companies focussed on Immuno-Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience and specialised multiplex Histology.

Job Description:
They are looking for an experienced and ambitious neuroscientist, ideally with a background of research in neurodegeneration (Stroke, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease), who will significantly contribute to the assay development and client project delivery in this area. The role requires strong lab-based skills with prior experience of neuronal cell-based assays, ability to create new & relevant assay platforms, clear internal/external communication skills, ability to work in a team and capacity to multitask.

Key Tasks:
Project Management
- Working with the team and relevant academic contacts, as required, to ensure quality conduct and delivery of client projects.
- Actively interrogating scientific literature to understand relevant therapeutic targets in the area as necessary for individual projects.
- Line management of Scientists, delegation of project tasks across the team to ensure accurate and timely delivery of client data.
- Implementing quality control steps to ensure projects are conducted and delivered according to the standards expected, developing new or updating SOPs as required.
- Communicating with both clients and internal teams as required.

- Actively participating in the production and maintenance of primary cell cultures or cell lines as required.
- Apply knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, protein biochemistry and functional neuroscience to develop, validate and run assays, chosen based on analysis of client demand and competitive landscape.
- Ensuring accurate record keeping of all experimental work, from initial protocol development, accurate lab notes, through to write up of results and report production, archiving.
- Data analysis and quantification using appropriate statistical methods and reporting responsibilities.

Business development
- Taking an active role in nurturing new and expanding existing client relationships
- May have the opportunity to attend scientific and trade conferences to deliver oral presentations and posters and to attract new commercial opportunities.

Desired Skills/Experience:
- Life science degree, PhD an advantage (ideally within the Neuroscience field) and a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.
- Previous experience of Pharma/Biotech drug discovery or contract research desirable.
- Strong verbal communication skills, participating in client and lab discussions and conference presentations.
- Demonstrable laboratory experience and a strong cellular and molecular skill-set.

They are looking to offer the position to a dynamic individual, who would be excited about the prospect of making a valuable scientific contribution to the future growth of the company.