Research Scientist - Cell Biologist

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Date: May 7, 2019

Location: Slough, Berkshire, GB

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

You will be based at our UK site in Slough and work as part of the Immuno-Bone Discovery group whose mission it is to identify and characterise the therapeutic candidates for the drug discovery programs within the Immunology and musculoskeletal area.


Primary Responsbilities

Utilising your scientific expertise, you will focus on the development, optimisation, validation, execution and interpretation of in vitro cell assays.  These assays will be designed to be relevant to target mechanism and disease, and be suitable for screening and/or profiling of therapeutic molecules.  


We are looking for candidates with some technical expertise in various cell assay techniques such as flow cytometry, plate based methods and the use of human primary cells and reporter cell lines.  Your work will support the identification and optimisation of therapeutic molecules across small and large molecule projects, the execution of a range of primary and secondary in vitro studies aimed at the functional characterisation of these entities and application of novel technologies to provide understanding and enable prosecution of the best targets.


Effective teamwork and collaboration skills will be essential to firstly partner within project teams to ensure delivery of high quality in vitro data and secondly to co-ordinate activities at CROs from transferring assays to data collection and interpretation.


Essential Requirements

The applicant must have a strong scientific background with either a PhD (or equivalent) or 3+ years in industry/academic institute and demonstrate a record of achievement with evidence of innovation and delivery in a drug discovery context. 


They must have experience in plate-based assay biology with some knowledge of designing, developing, optimising and prosecuting cell-based assays in a wide range of formats. This will include knowledge of pharmacological analysis and statistics relevant to in vitro screens. 


Experience with relevant software tools, statistics, liquid handling and automation will be an advantage. Knowledge of the bone, fibrosis or immunology disease areas is desirable.


There must be strong evidence of effective teamwork and partnership, the ability to make clear recommendations on scientific decisions and priorities, as well as the ability to deliver difficult messages effectively and to challenge constructively.


In addition to technical skills, ideally the individual will be a highly-motivated and ambitious individual who will be keen to maximise their impact on project delivery. With strong communication skills, they will influence scientifically and operationally at both a project level and within IB Discovery.


We can offer you the opportunity to develop as a scientist by learning new skills across a range of cutting-edge screening platforms and ultimately growing in confidence as an independent-thinking scientist.


To apply please upload a copy of your current CV along with a cover letter highlighting your scientific achievements and contribution.  Maximum 500 words.

Application closing date 7th May 2019

Job Segment: Research Scientist, Cell Biology, Biologist, Scientific, Immunology, Science, Engineering, Healthcare

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