As a leading international clinical and commercial manufacturer of biologics and pharmaceuticals, Cobra Biologics offers a broad range of integrated and stand-alone development services, stretching from cell line development through to the commercial supply of investigational medicinal products. We take pride in manufacturing excellence and being a trusted provider, delivering what we promise and helping our customers to develop drugs for the benefit of patients. Over the next two years Cobra will invest up to £15m on a phased expansion plan, supporting the company’s R&D expertise in developing rapid and cost effective viral vector and DNA plasmid production platforms.

To support the expanding business we are currently looking to recruit a Senior Scientist within the Research and Development Group at Keele, Staffordshire, UK. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to deliver the research and development activities for Cobra’s viral vector manufacturing platform; specifically they will work on current collaborative grant programmes, as well as supporting internal R&D projects and customer programmes in the area of viral vector bioprocessing development.

This role sits at the critical interface between academic research and industrial R&D application, and would suit a candidate who is interested in developing a career in applied R&D. Ideally you will have experience in mammalian cell culture, with a particular relevance to complex biomolecule (virus and/or protein) expression, purification and/or viral analytics.

A successful applicant will be able to work independently, and as part of a team, understand and implement scientific method and rigor to experimental design and deliver results to the required standard and schedule. Will be able to organise and prioritise their work, as well as having excellent communication skills, both written and oral. The post will involve interactions with both Catapult Centres and Industry collaborators.

The applicant must have recent hands-on experience of mammalian cell culture and biomolecule expression (transient transfection experience is desirable), have a good level of knowledge (practical experience is desirable) of virus purification and analytical characterisation.  Ideally they will have a relevant PhD/EngD qualification, and/or industrial experience.

He/she will also be able to demonstrate:

  • A broad knowledge of bio-processing with the ability to confidently interpret data, reach sound scientific conclusions, present, discuss and defend data / scientific direction both internally, to external collaborators and clients.
  • The ability to work independently with limited supervision, owning the scientific direction of their work as well as interacting with internal and external groups.
  • The ability to work in a multifunctional team.
  • The ability to solve complex problems.
  • The ability to demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
  • He or she should have previously published work in peer reviewed scientific journals.

    The successful applicant will also be expected to travel within the UK between the collaborative partners involved in the project.

Applications should be sent in writing stating the appropriate reference number with full C.V. and current salary details to: Marie Cusworth, HR Administrator: