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Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a cutting-edge Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.   
In 2019, we’ve been recognised as Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists and in 2018 one of our family earned the Food & Drink Federation’s Scientist of the Year. Enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International, our diverse team includes 23 nationalities from 300 members, creating a family feel as we strive towards our mission of “Science Enhancing Lives”.

The RSSL DNA & Protein laboratory performs a wide range of tests focusing around meat and fish speciation, allergen testing and cattle speciation, and in doing so protecting consumers particularly in the food industry.

The purpose of this role is to provide technical direction and to line manage a team within the DNA & Protein laboratory. It will play a key role in ensuring that projects are performed and supervised effectively and accurately within agreed timescales and to appropriate quality standards. This role focuses on routine and investigative analyses of products and method development and validations using techniques such as PCR and ELISA. Client contact and administrative support for laboratory management will also be involved.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Provide high quality customer service at all times by ensuring effective organisation of assigned workload, integrity of analytical data generated and timely/accurate provision of results.
  • Provide Technical direction within own area of expertise within the team. 
  • Perform a range of analysis using PCR and/or ELISA independently.
  • Perform complex method development and design validation protocols.
  • Perform maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment.
  • Provide Technical direction within own area of expertise within the team.
  • Perform data checking and provide interpretation of results for routine testing.
  • Generate certificate analysis or external interpretive reports.
  • Expert user of specific software and proficient in the use of generic and specific software packages require for the role: Laboratory’s LIMS system, Q-Pulse, Gen 5
  • Provide training and supervise junior staff in routine activities, methods and interpretation.
  • Take responsibility for elements of specific projects and/or specific areas of general laboratory/sample administration and assign housekeeping tasks as required.
  • Will be expected to work in different laboratories if the demand is required.

Communication & Influence:

  • Work as part of an efficient analytical team
  • To liaise with clients, business development and line management to ensure effective communication of project proposals and results.
  • Participate in client and stake holders meetings as required
  • Deliver internal presentations across groups and to technical stakeholders
  • Manage small projects or defined areas of larger projects

Leadership and supervision:

  • Plan own workload and plan routine projects for junior staff
  • Train junior members of the team as required.
  • Manage a team of Scientists and Technicians


  • Work to the highest standards of safety and quality by ensuring that appropriate COSHHs, risk assessments and SOPs are understood and followed.
  • To complete assigned quality actions on a timely manner, including review and approval
  • Write and approve SOPs and Test Methods
  • Generation and approval of Risk Assessments and COSHH
  • Understand and provide technical regulatory leadership in client audits
  • To maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment.
  • To understand and work to the requirements of GMP and UKAS.
  • Ensure training records are accurate.

Key Requirements:

Knowledge: including education, qualifications and training 
. Educated to Degree or PhD in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent relevant experience in a laboratory.
. Excellent understanding of basic lab equipment and use of Real Time PCR machine, ELISA Plate Reader, Gel Imaging Equipment.
. Scientific understanding and ability to independently conduct chemical analysis in relevant area
. Good knowledge of laboratory quality and accreditation systems (GMP/UKAS)

Skills/Leadership Competencies:

. Accountable, honest, hardworking and able to work efficiently in a team
. Flexible and adaptable to meet customer/business requirements. Well organised and capable of working on multiple activities concurrently. Meticulous attention to detail
. Good verbal and written skills with the ability to communicate with client’s and colleagues
. Self motivated, enthusiastic and quick to learn.
. Able to organise own work and others to maximise output
. Computer literate in standard MS office applications
. Ability to deliver projects/work within tight timescales and ability to motivate and mentor junior scientific staff
. Technical credibility to develop good working relationships with internal and external clients
. Ability to problem solve and plan resources to maintain workflow in delivery of projects


. Extended experience of working in a laboratory conducting PCR analysis
. Experience of working in a laboratory conducting ELISA analysis, preferred
. Analytical Project management


. Fluent English, written and spoken
We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.
In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.