Job Title : Scientist (Life Sciences)
Salary: £33,000 - £35,000 per annum (maybe some flexibility for right candidate)
Benefits: competitive salary & benefits package including 27 days holiday, private health and dental care, life assurance and pension scheme
Our client is looking for a Scientist to identify, define and evaluate new research themes and projects as part of their technology scouting and feasibility team in Life Sciences. Within this role, you will be building our clients expertise in Life Sciences as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes Biochemists, Chemists, Physicists and Engineers
Planning short-loop projects to demonstrate the technical feasibility and scope for further development of technology areas.
Working with the Platform Innovation Team to identify and develop new research themes relating to Life Sciences.
Trend analysis and technology mapping to identify unmet needs within these themes.
Identification of suitable development partners, either in academia or industry, where needed to deliver elements of required feasibility work.
Representing our client at conferences and, where appropriate, disseminating research output within the wider scientific community.
Analysis of the related market and development of a proposed business hypothesis.
Ideal Knowledge/experience and skills required
Excellent academic credentials are essential, including a PhD in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Synthetic Biology or a closely related subject within the Life Sciences.
Practical experience in common molecular biology techniques is essential, including molecular cloning, nucleic acid isolation and purification, and PCR, with a deep understanding of the underlying principles.
The role requires a clear and confident communicator, both when discussing complex technical concepts with fellow Scientists and senior academics and when providing project updates to senior management.
It is essential to demonstrate aptitude for creative thinking and delivering novel solutions for unmet needs within these areas.
It is essential to be an experienced researcher who has worked on projects relating to one or more of the following areas: Gene editing or silencing; nucleic acid-based therapeutics; RNAi in agriculture; Synthetic Biology; Molecular Biology.
A keen awareness of recent trends and cutting-edge technologies within the Life Sciences would be highly desirable.
Evidence of a growing network of contacts within the Life Sciences community and a good knowledge of who the leading academics are within relevant fields would be highly desirable.