Senior Scientist

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Introduction to the role

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist with great interpersonal & leadership skills who could complement our dynamic and growing company!

With nearly 20 years history as a pioneer in biomarker and bioanalytical 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 stateoftheart technology platforms enabling us to take on projects from anywhere in the world. Our administrative offices provide clientcentric support to ensure your project is completed on time and according to specifications. We serve customers across the globe via our dedicated staff whom are based in: The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Ireland, Finland, South Africa and 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.

We are excited to be establishing a biomarker assay facility in Rockville, Maryland, USA. The primary focus will be for but not limited to flow cytometric biomarker assays. With a number of large studies starting in 2022/2023, we are now looking to establish a team of skilled scientists at the new site. This role will be based at the new site with main purpose and objective of a Senior Scientist being to develop, validate and conduct bioanalytical tests, in collaboration with / under the guidance of a principal scientist. The bioanalytical tests are used in translational and/or clinical studies.

Although this role will be based in the US, it could require travelling to other Synexa Laboratory sites (Berlin, London, Cape Town, or Turku in Finland) for crosstraining. The role comes with annual leave days (incl. bank holidays), company pension contribution, longterm incentives as well as performancebased bonus.

If you think you have what it takes to join our team, continue reading!

Job Purpose

Optimise and develop different bioanalytical assays associated with the conduct of clinical trials, ensuring scientific objective and timelines are met and providing leadership to junior team members. Generate revenue by conducting feeforservice analyses of biological samples (e.g. blood, saliva, stool, urine, bacteria, etc) for external clients using various equipment (e.g. flow cytometers, centrifuges, incubators, analytical and statistical software, office equipment, etc.).

DUTIES may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct Method Development and Validation of bespoke assays for the analysis of human clinical samples.
  • Lead all lab activities for a given client project, including writing analytical plans, planning and conduct of sample processing, data analysis, and delivery to the client.
  • Oversee all junior lab staff including training, mentoring and supervising in all scientific aspects.
  • Assist with multiple projects in a fast-paced laboratory environment.
  • Writing research protocols and reports for clinical studies.
  • Ensure clear audit trails by performing quality control of all information and data generated.
  • Identify quality risks and issues and implement corrective action plans as needed to address deficiencies in performance throughout the life of the project.
  • Monitoring use and consumption of reagents, material and consumables via LIMS.
  • Strong adherence to regulatory compliance and safety requirements, involving GCLPs, SOPs, H&S policies, and other related documents.
  • Administrative duties including writing and maintaining study documentation

Qualifications & Experience

  • Essential qualifications: MSc or PhD in Life/Biological Sciences (preferably immunology); and 4 – 6 years of experience within an industry setting.
  • The ideal candidate must have prior experience working in a regulated (GCLP/GLP) biotech or biopharma environment and excellent technical skills.
  • Proven record in supervising small teams or junior staff members.
  • Proven & strong background in running and analysing immunological flow cytometry assays is a must including operating general laboratory and specialised equipment (e.g., flow cytometers).
  • Additional experience in running and analysing soluble biomarker assays (ELISA, ECL, ELISpot etc) and operating laboratory equipment (e.g., MSD / Epoch / autoanalysers) are a plus.
  • Position level will be determined based on skills, education/experience.
  • Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends and weekends as required.

Core Competencies

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational, strong sense of teamwork and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to handle pressure, interact and function in a highly productive work environment.
  • Ability to work independently, pay attention to detail and think critically is a must.
  • Ability to maintain composure and focus on situations of ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Communication skills: should be fluent in English (read, written, spoken).

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