Analytical Scientist

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Date: Aug 6, 2019

Location: Slough, Berkshire, GB

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?

Analytical Scientist
Help us transform patients’ lives

About UCB
To strengthen our Upstream Process Sciences Group, we are looking to fill the position of: Analytical Scientist


About the Role
You will be required to
•    Establish analytical methods for the in-process analysis of samples from cell culture and microbial fermentation processes
•    Ensure all methods are fit for intended use through development, optimization and application of fit-for purpose criteria as appropriate
•    Provide routine in-process analysis of samples from cell culture and microbial fermentation processes, with support from other team members
•    Provide training in analytical methods to other members of the upstream process sciences team
•    Planning and coordination of all analytical activities with the wider team, ensuring sufficient resource to achieve goals
•    Ensure maintenance and functionality of all analytical equipment in collaboration with internal maintenance teams


About You
You should have
•    A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject
•    A proven aptitude for laboratory work and practical experience with HPLC, UPLC and ICE3-based methods for the analysis of product quality attributes related to size, charge and heterogeneity
•    Experience with Empower software is preferred
•    Knowledge of high throughput purification methods using Tecan platforms is preferred
•    Ability to troubleshoot technical issues using rational thought processes based on process and equipment knowledge and understanding and reacting to such issues in a calm, controlled manner to provide or contribute to a solution.
•    Ability to interpret and assess own data, to critically analyse data, draw conclusions and propose future work
•    Excellent communication and presentation skills
•    Having a proactive, positive, can-do attitude to work and problem-solving


What We Offer
An opportunity to:

•    Lead the in-process analytics function within an upstream process development team. 
•    Work in a dynamic, matrix organization, collaborating with scientists across different functions and geographies
•    Develop technical expertise in a wide range of analytical biochemistry techniques to understand the impact of cell culture and harvest parameters on process performance, cell biology and product quality of antibody based biologics, supporting a QbD approach to process development
•    Contribute to the development of novel biologic molecules to have an impact on patients living with severe disease
UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company. We focus on discovering and developing innovative medicines and lateral solutions that can transform the everyday lives of people with severe diseases of the immune system – or the central nervous system.

With more than 8500 people in approximately 40 countries, UCB offers an exciting working environment where initiative can flourish and those with a ‘can-do’ attitude can thrive.  Scientific excellence, innovation, co-creation, lateral thinking, reinventing the way we do things…these are some of the key competencies we are constantly developing, and looking for, at UCB.

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