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Senior Scientist | Assay Development

  • Sector: Science & Pharma
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  • Job Ref: 21985

Senior Scientist Assay Development

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Assay Development Scientist to join a start-up organisation based in the North-West. As the new Assay Development Scientist, you will be responsible for the development and delivery of an assay development program with respect to both lateral flow and other rapid point of care test platforms. The candidate will develop, optimise, and validate clinical biomarker lateral flow tests and other point of care assays, alongside supporting data analysis for clinical studies. They will also support the transfer of assays into commercialisation.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions

  • Characterisation, clinical validation and utilisation of innovative biomarkers and potential companion diagnostics.

  • Responsible for design, sourcing, implementation, day to day oversight, and delivery of biomarker and diagnostic test development and analysis.

  • Help design and support biomarker research strategies.

  • Support the development and validation of clinically applicable diagnostic assays with external service laboratories if required.

  • Coordinate and monitor sample collection, handling and analysis in product development and clinical studies where necessary.

  • Collaborate with engineering colleagues to design and contribute to data analysis plans.

  • Conduct research and development directed toward biomarker optimisation.

  • Optimise existing platforms to achieve desired levels of stability and performance.

  • Participate and assist in the development of usability and technical specifications.

  • Prepare and review scientific reports and compliance related documentation.

  • Develop and execute formal protocols, analyse and interpret results, and clearly communicate results and their impact through written reports.

  • Present results in team meetings and deliver presentations to both small and large groups.

  • Work well in a team environment and contribute to support functions of the laboratory if required – maintain equipment, reagent preparation, restock lab supplies, waste disposal, equipment calibrations, document creation, updates, reviews, EHS activities.

  • Participate in the setting up and maintaining of supplier agreements.

  • Participate in the transfer to manufacture of the final product including contributing to bills of materials, raw materials, and consumables.

Key Skills, Attributes and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or in a related scientific discipline.

  • At least three years of experience in a similar role.

  • Experience in lateral flow development is essential.

  • Experience in other rapid point of care diagnostic test development platforms, such as colorimetric assays, fluorometric assays, and tests utilising electrochemical sensors is desirable.

  • Must be a self-starter and able to manage own workload.

  • Proven ability to execute complex experiments independently, perform statistical analysis, interpret experimental results, and make sound conclusions.

  • Must be able to multi-task and work effectively within a team environment.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Ability to be flexible, innovative, and highly organised to work quickly and efficiently.

  • Ability to meet technical objectives and solve complex challenges under conditions of ambiguity.

Competitive salary on offer plus the opportunity to be part of an early stage start-up business with huge potential and a team who have been successful in launching top new products in the past. 


For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Davin Ferguson

071 9140251