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Senior Scientist I - Dx R&D (9- 12 months FTC - Maternity Cover)

United Kingdom

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Location Cambridge, CambridgeshireGB Job ID JR-031738

Who we are?

Horizon Discovery, a Perkin Elmer company, has combined life science research and applied genomics portfolios to deliver an innovative suite of solutions that support scientists on their journey through drug discovery and development. Horizon’s services and reagents, which leverage gene-editing and modulation technologies, are now complemented by PerkinElmer’s imaging, detection, automation and LabChip platforms to better enable critical elements of the drug development and therapeutic value chain, particularly in the area of precision medicine.

It’s therefore an exciting and challenging time to join Horizon as we continue a significant scale up programme.

Job Summary

Diagnostics is an exciting and rapidly developing field of biotechnology. Diagnostic assays play a pivotal role in patient care through initial diagnosis, stratification, treatment selection and treatment response monitoring. As new assays are developed, the use of appropriate controls is key to ensure their accuracy and sensitivity to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.

The Diagnostics R&D team utilises Horizon’s unique cell line catalogue and gene editing capabilities to design and develop Reference Standard Products for Diagnostic assays. The materials we make are used by our diverse customers for assay and platform development, assay monitoring and analysis, and proficiency testing.

As our new Senior Scientist you will be responsible for independently running multiple projects with the aim of launching innovative reference standard products that meet the needs of existing and emerging technologies, whilst working under the ISO 9001 and 13485 quality standards. You will require outstanding technical knowledge along with the ability to quickly understand and implement new technologies. You will collaborate with diverse stakeholders across the company, including Product Management, Manufacturing, Marketing and Finance, to ensure the products you develop are impactful.

Please see our recent article for a greater understanding of our products

About the team

The Diagnostics R&D team consists of five scientists. We work in a collaborative and supportive environment where everyone gets a chance to contribute to the success of our projects. We are a friendly team, we meet regularly for group meetings and journal clubs, we also interact widely across the company. There are great opportunities for training and development.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive product development projects that fit within the Diagnostics strategic road map, particularly focused on liquid biopsy and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies.

  • Design and execute experiments, perform data analysis, and record results in accordance with the Product Design and Development process and the ISO 9001 and 13485 standards.

  • Troubleshoot and problem solve issues with existing product lines as required.

  • Actively contribute ideas for new products, by keeping up to date with the developing Diagnostics market

  • Be a source of technical expertise for marketing materials, customer queries, whitepapers etc.

  • Create documentation and processes for product manufacturing.

About you:

  • You will be educated to PhD level (or equivalent experience) in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology

  • You will have experience of the diagnostic industry and/or commercial product development

  • Excellent understanding of NGS and/or liquid biopsy technologies.

  • You will have an understanding of ISO 9001 and 13485 standards, ideally with experience working to these regulations.

Horizon is a great place to learn, develop and grow your career whilst working at the cutting edge of biotechnology.

If this sounds like the role for you, please get in touch and let’s start the conversation! We would love to hear how you could contribute and shape the future of the Horizon Diagnostics R&D team – we look forward to hearing from you.

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PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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