Biology Associate Scientist

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Biology Associate Scientist  
Hours:40 hours per week
Ref No:HRJOB6009
Business Unit:Discovery
Open To:Internal and external applicants

The Company
Almac Discovery is a research driven drug discovery company dedicated to the development of novel and innovative approaches to the treatment of diseases of unmet need (including oncology and CNS), by applying a target class approach. Our business model is to develop preclinical stage assets which are then licenced to pharmaceutical partners for further development. We also look to collaborate with partners to apply our medicinal chemistry and translational biology expertise to targets of mutual interest. Key research themes include deubiquitinase enzymes and protein drug conjugates.

Almac Discovery is one of seven business units within the Almac Group of companies and is located on the Queen’s University Belfast life sciences campus, close to two major hospitals and the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre. We have additional laboratories in Edinburgh (Protein Therapeutics) and offices in Manchester (Bioinformatics).

The Role
Almac Discovery is currently inviting applications for a pro-active, degree-level qualified bench scientist with a broad background in molecular and cell biology/gene editing to join its Biology department in Belfast. The successful candidates’ primary responsibilities will include the design, implementation and validation of gene editing strategies for the production of disease relevant cellular models. Additionally, the candidate will be involved in genetic screens for the purpose of target identification and validation in a range of disease indications.

This is a significant opportunity to play a central role in the further development of Almac Discovery as an innovative and successful biotechnology company. The successful candidate will work in state-of-the-art facilities within the vibrant and expanding Queen’s University Life-Science campus. Preference will be given to a highly motivated individual who will thrive in a collaborative research and development environment. The candidate must demonstrate outstanding analytical and strategic thinking in addition to driving scientific excellence.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package as well as the chance to work for an innovative R&D company within the global Almac Group.  As well as excellent training and development opportunities, we offer real potential for career progression and much more!

Essential Criteria

  • A degree in Cell / Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • Strong background and knowledge in Molecular and Cell Biology and/or Cancer Biology.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of cell biology and other basic molecular techniques such as isolation of DNA/RNA/protein from cells and tissue, PCR, WB, cloning, ELISA etc.

Desirable Criteria
(The following criteria may be applied if a large pool of applicants exist)

  • A BSc or MS degree in Cell / Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • Previous experience in a pharmaceutical R&D or related research environment considered a plus.

Additional essential and desirable criteria are outlined in the job description and person specification attached to the online job posting.

To Apply
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Closing Date
7th December 2020 at 10.00 hours

  • Permanent
  • Belfast
  • Closing date: Monday 07 Dec 2020
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