Research Associate

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Introduction to the role

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate with great inter-personal skills who could complement our dynamic and growing company!

With our 17 year history as a pioneer in biomarker services, Synexa Life Sciences has become a recognized global leader in complex biomarker and bioanalytical services. We enjoy a reputation for scientific leadership & innovation, while offering challenging and rewarding careers to the best scientists in the industry.

Our laboratories are staffed by highly experienced scientists and equipped with state-of-the-art technology platforms enabling us to take on projects from anywhere in the world. Our administrative offices provide client-centric support to ensure your project is completed on time and according to specifications. We serve customers across the globe via our dedicated staff who are based in: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa and Maryland USA.

We pride ourselves in identifying, implementing, and integrating optimum analytical and data insight methodologies, to contribute to the furtherment of scientific knowledge. This translates to better management and treatment of health conditions, ultimately, shaping a better world.

Job Purpose

Synexa works in a collaborative manner with clients to provide customized, flexible and multi-faceted biomarker solutions. We use innovative approaches and validated equipment to answer client-specific questions related to biomarkers at each level of the biological continuum. The scientific team at Synexa are at the forefront of this, responsible for the development and validation of bioanalytical tests to meet the company or client’s needs.

The main purpose and objective of the Research Associate is to use fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures to perform routine tasks for clinical sample processing under supervision. This requires the application of established techniques, procedures, and criteria as well as laboratory testing on various platforms according to standard procedures. This also entails supporting the laboratory operations team with sample processing and day-to-day administration duties.

DUTIES may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs clinical sample analysis and clinical sample reporting.
  • Reports data generated.
  • Assists with documents for projects (e.g., lab manuals, validation phase plans – VPP, method development plans – MDP, sample analysis plans – SAP, sample analysis reports – SAR etc.).
  • Writes and/or reviews/validates standard operating procedures – SOP´s, standard working procedures – SWP´s, documents, forms, and spreadsheets.
  • Documents and updates the installation, operation, and performance qualifications (IQ/OQ/PQ) of equipment e.g., new equipment, preventative maintenance (PM), services etc.
  • Ensures that equipment being used for assays are fit for purpose and are not used outside of service dates, also updates equipment service labels as needed.
  • Performs set-ups, start-ups, and verification of various analysers (e.g., electrochemiluminescence analysers (Meso Scale Discovery – MSD), microplate readers, flow cytometers etc.) and laboratory equipment (e.g., centrifuges, pipettes, timers, and thermometers etc.).
  • Performs daily good housekeeping (GHK) duties.
  • Plans reagents and ensures that sufficient reagents are available to perform assays, including stock takes.
  • Completes and maintains relevant documentation related to clinical trials such as overview documents, sample logistics tracking forms and sheets, worksheets, and method sheets etc.
  • Ensures correct, timeous, and documented receipt of all sample as well as reagent deliveries including proper storage thereof.

Additional responsibilities

  • Health and Safety duties as required e.g. First Aid and/or Fire fighting

Qualifications & Experience

  • A minimum level of an Honours degree (BSc Hons or BTech) or at least 3 years of company experience is required.

Core Competencies

  • Good manual dexterity, accuracy and previous experience of working in a laboratory (1 year minimum) required.
  • Proficient in Excel and Microsoft.
  • On-going general International Organization for Standardization – ISO, Good Clinical Practice – GCP and Good Laboratory Practice – GLP awareness training needs to be provided to all staff. The job holder needs to ensure that they are up to date with the available training.
  • On-going professional development is strongly encouraged; this may take the form of training, workshops, seminars etc.
  • Ability to communicate well both written and verbally and to work within a team are essential.
  • Must be flexible to workdays and occasionally, weekends on a shift rotation basis.
  • Must have full right to work in the UK.
  • Available immediately.

Please note: Should you not receive any feedback from us within two weeks of applying, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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