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MSAT Molecular Development Scientist


Purpose of Job

The purpose of the job is to provide technical execution of projects falling within the Molecular Group remit – this will include Molecular Biology and Cell Engineering. The role will also consist of supporting manufacturing personnel, in regard to trouble shooting.

Major Activities

  • Support the development of the emerging MSAT wet lab facility
  • Assist senior members of the MSAT team
  • Identify and test opportunities to simplify our business processes and tools
  • Performing routine cell culture, as well as assisting with Cell Engineering projects
  • Molecular Biology; Western blot, qPCR, molecular cloning, etc.
  • Planning and execution of experiments

Additional Activities

  • Possibility of attending Cell and Gene Therapy conferences, to increase knowledgebase
  • Draft SOPs and Work instructions for use within the MSAT team

Key Performance Indicators

  • Completion of experiments within a timely manner, and subsequent preparation of experimental reports

Key Job Competencies

  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas.
  • Oral Communication – Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates good presentation skills; participates effectively in meetings.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Some understanding of compliance, cGMP considerations and GLP.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement at the individual, department, and organizational levels.
  • Some knowledge of biotechnology processes/concepts/techniques and engineering principles.
  • Experience of experimental design
  • Some cell culture experience would be desirable.
  • Molecular biology experience, in particular qPCR, Western blot and molecular cloning.
  • Some experience with statistical tools.

Job Responsibilities

  • Completion of experiments according to approved study plans, within the allotted timeframe and budget
  • Support the development of the emerging MSAT wet lab facility
  • Develop ideas relating to Cell and Vector Engineering
  • Assist in the performance of routine maintenance and cleaning of the lab

Job background

  • MS degree in biochemistry or biology or equivalent, and some experience within the biotech industry
  • BS degree in in biochemistry or biology or equivalent and at least 2 years of biotech industry experience in research and development

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