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Research Scientist (Biology)

  • Closing date 12 Nov 2021
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration Permanent

An opportunity has arisen in our Cambridge based RDCUK team for a Research Scientist. The RDCUK team are responsible for the development of new applications for Sysmex diagnostic technology through transitional research on biological samples.

Reporting to our R&D Centre Head, you will be responsible for conducting research projects to develop new diagnostic assays using Sysmex technology. The research is broadly based on cell biology and human pathology and may include molecular biology and protein immunology.

Your duties will include:

  • Conducting research on biological projects such as molecular staining and cell imaging, DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, real-time PCR and nucleic acid analysis
  • Development of immune-based assays for protein measurement in clinical samples
  • Validation of diagnostic biomarkers using clinical samples
  • Assisting with the day to day running of the laboratory, including maintaining experimental and laboratory records including those required by legislation e.g., Human Tissue Act
  • Maintaining a safe working environment in the laboratory
  • Ensuring adequate supplies of laboratory consumables and appropriate waste handling
  • Promotion of the scientific reputation of RDCUK
  • Publication of research in scientific journals
  • Maintaining high level of scientific knowledge and keep up to date with the latest publications in the field
  • Presentation of RDCUK research at scientific conferences
  • Working together with other RDCUK scientists on joint projects as required


You will:

  • Be qualified to a minimum of PhD, or equivalent, in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Protein Biology or a related field with good experience in molecular biology techniques
  • Have demonstrable experience working in a commercial laboratory with scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals (desirable)
  • Have advanced skills in data analysis e.g., statistics, programming, machine learning, artificial intelligence (desirable)
  • Have the ability to tackle new problems with unknown solutions through a solid scientific approach
  • Have the desire and willingness to work in new or unfamiliar scientific areas
  • Be an effective communicator both in writing and verbally
  • Have the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Have good computer literacy including scientific data analysis and graphical presentation
  • Have strong organisational and time management skills

This role involves contact with and exposure to human tissue therefore seropositive immunisation against Hepatitis B is required. A free vaccination will be offered.

In return you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension Scheme (10% non-contributory)
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 21 days holiday rising with service
  • High Street Discount Scheme


Application is via CV & a one-page covering letter to vacancies@ogt.com outlining your suitability for the role, salary expectations and notice period. Please note that we will need to establish your right to work in the UK during the recruitment process.

Closing date for applications is 12 November 2021

No agencies please

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