Cell Culture Scientist / Associate Scientist

LOCATION: Cambridge         SALARY:  Competitive         REF: ALS 2508

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On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit a Cell Culture Research Scientist or Associate Research Scientist to expand the cell culture team, supporting ion channel drug discovery research and cardiac safety services for a global client base.

Basic Requirements:

  • BSc/MSc and/or significant period of relevant laboratory experience
  • Demonstrable laboratory-based experience in cell culture
  • Excellent experience in regular use of aseptic technique
  • Familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, gel electrophoresis
  • Accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment, with prioritisation skills and adaptability
  • Experience in an industrial setting is preferred
  • Good attention to detail, recording and maintaining accurate records
  • Experience in following SOPs
  • Proactive, enthusiastic and positive approach within a team
  • Expectation to cover some bank holidays, which will be compensated

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Employ careful aseptic technique and closely follow all tissue culture laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs), keeping full and accurate details of procedures.
  • Maintain healthy cultures of stable heterologous and immortalised cell lines.
  • Provide cells for electrophysiological assays on automated and manual patch clamp platforms, communicating issues and observations to line manager.
  • Provide cells for plate-based assays, seeding plates at required density, pre-treating cells and preparing plate wells as required by individual cell line protocols.
  • Prepare frozen stocks of ‘assay-ready’ cells to facilitate screening on demand.
  • Scale up supplies of cell line vials stored in liquid nitrogen banks.
  • Prepare cell culture reagents to support the electrophysiology team.
  • Preparation of reagents and solutions for electrophysiological experiments (this requires knowledge of molarity calculation and pH correction of solutions).
  • Operate PCR Mycoplasma sp. screen as requested, completing written and electronic records.
  • Carry out housekeeping duties in cell culture facility.
  • Administration duties to include stock inventory, placing of orders in online procurement system, unpacking and booking in deliveries on arrival.
  • Organisation of service contracts for laboratory equipment.

Agenda only recruits people with integrity, who are honest and trustworthy and who have a great work ethic. To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment screening as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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