RSSL Senior Associate Principal Scientist - Biomolecular Analysis

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 2021, we’ve been recognised as Employer of the Year and Business of the Year at the Thames Valley Business Awards, and in past years have achieved OBN's Best CRO and Women in Business Enlightened Employer.

Enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International, our diverse team includes 22 nationalities from 300 members, creating a family feel as we strive towards our mission of science enhancing lives.

The Senior Associate Principal Scientist - Biomolecular Analysis vacancy is a fantastic opportunity to join a key growth area for our business.

The successful candidate will lead the science by being the recognised expert in this area, leading cross-functional projects and managing and coordinating activity.

Working with cross-functional stakeholders, you will plan and technically lead complex analytical programs, interpret findings and define actionable next steps. You also review, approve, and effectively communicate significant technical/scientific results and regularly interact with key senior stakeholders.


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 in a wider area of expertise across departments.
Supervise, perform and train staff in a range of analysis using mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, western blot, enzymatic digestions, microplate based assays and other applicable methods within the department. Review and authorise complex method development and design validation protocols.
Release results via CoA.
Perform maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment.
Perform data checking and provide interpretation of results for complex analysis.
Write, review and authorise interpretive scientific reports.
Be an expert user of analysis specific software and be proficient in the use of generic and specific software packages require for the role: Laboratory’s LIMS system, Q-Pulse etc.
Provide training and supervise junior staff in routine activities and methods and interpretation.
Responsible for a portfolio of projects or a technically complex multidisciplinary project across different groups.
Responsible for initiating/running internal projects to improve operational efficiency across the company.

Communication & Influence

Work as part of an efficient analytical team you will liaise with clients, business development and line management to ensure effective communication of complex project proposals and results
Provide expert advice and lead client and stake holders meetings as required
Deliver external presentations of data and internal presentations to senior technical stakeholders eg directors, vice presidents
Influence externally eg on industry & government bodies
Make an authoritative and expert scientific contribution to business strategy, and provides strong technical and regulatory leadership

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 Technical Specialist to 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.
Ensure training records are accurate.

What you will bring

The role as Associate Principal Scientist is to provide strong technical direction and possible managerial responsibilities in a wider area of expertise within the Biomolecular analysis team and across departments as required. The individual will play a key role in ensuring that complex projects are performed and supervised effectively and accurately within agreed timescales and to appropriate quality standards. The role will be responsible for reviewing and authorising of interpretive scientific reports, method development and validations and authorizing competencies within the area of expertise. Plan workload for more complex projects for a team.

Application Instructions: 
Application Closing Date: 
30 November