Viral Vector Research Assistant - Hertfordshire

  • Salary: £22,000 - £30,000
  • REF Number: 00046013
  • Consultant: Jason Johal
  • Contact: 01438 723500
  • Date Published: 09.07.2019
  • Sector: Life Sciences
  • Location: Home Counties, London, South East
  • Discipline: Research And Development, Biotechnology

Jason at CK Science is recruiting for a Viral Vector Research Assistant to join a multinational clinical-stage cell & gene therapy research company focused on the development and commercialisation of gene therapies for debilitating disorders based on a next-generation AAV gene therapy platform. This is a permanent role based in Hertfordshire (20 minutes North of London via train) and offers an excellent salary between £22,000 - £30,000 and a good benefits package.

The Company: The organisation has a strong reputation for their technical and strategic expertise within the cell and gene therapy market across Europe and places a strong emphasis on innovation, ability to make a difference to the patients, as well as the ability to apply your skills and develop new ones by collaborating with a multidisciplinary team. They will provide you with promising and exiting research projects in an environment that strongly values your development. Their gene therapy treatment builds upon their own pioneering work and their proprietary AAV capsid which is optimised to effectively transduce human liver cells and thus provide sustainable, high levels of the desired protein.

The Role: We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant (RA) to join the Research Vector Core with the primary focus of supporting AAV vector production across all programs. In addition, there will be opportunity to interact with multi-disciplinary teams within the Research department and expand their laboratory skill set. On a day-to-day basis you will carry out routine cell culture and perform transient transfections, AAV vector purification by a range of methods and analytical techniques on vector preparations (QPCR, ELISA, protein gels etc.). You will also ensure validity and reliability of data at all times and maintain accurate records.

Your Background: You will hold a MSc-degree in a relevant biological discipline or BSc plus experience (or equivalent) and it is essential that you have hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture techniques. You will also have experience in protein analysis techniques (SDS-PAGE, Western, ELISA) and QPCR. A working knowledge of AAV (or other viral vectors) production and purification would be desirable as would experience in HPLC protein purification.

The successful candidate will provide critical support on challenging and rewarding research projects in an environment that relies on tenacity, perseverance and collaboration. Career development is very important at the company and the RA will have many opportunities to sharpen their laboratory skills and expand their experimental repertoire. They will be encouraged to regularly present their data at internal meetings and will be supported to build on and improve these skills. Through regular 1-2-1 meeting with a Scientific Director, the RA will be supported to shape their own career development path through goal setting, networking and feedback.

For more information or to apply for this Research Assistant position, please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email Alternatively, please click on the link below to apply online now. Please note that your CV should show exact dates of employment (month and year) and any gaps of a month or more should be explained.

CK Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference 46013 in all correspondence.

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