SENIOR IN VIVO SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

ABOUT RXCELERATE

The RxCelerate group is an out-sourced drug development platform and is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Our client base ranges from virtual biotech companies all the way up to 3 of the top 15 global pharmaceutical giants. We design and deliver complete drug development programs and project management for our clients spanning from an idea up to and including Phase II clinical studies.

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced in vivo scientist to expand our in vivo division. RxCelerate have a growing team of skilled in vivo scientists with expertise in many different clinical disease areas. Our in vivo scientists specialise in working with clients to develop bespoke preclinical animal models that are fit for purpose and that answer the specific research questions of interest. This is an exciting time to join our team as we scale up to support our growing global footprint and client base. Our numerous success stories speak for themselves as we have become the drug developer of choice for many of the UK’s top venture backed biotech start-ups.

THE ROLE
This is a hands-on role and the candidate is expected to have extensive experience in the design and conduct of animal studies. This role will provide great variety in the projects undertaken, as part of a supportive and collaborative multidisciplinary team, based at the beautiful Babraham Research Campus. The candidate should be a careful and methodical worker with keen attention to detail. They should also be self-motivated and able to organise and perform experiments effectively, accurately and to a high standard. Excellent and accurate record keeping with a competent level of computer literacy are essential. They will have strong communication skills and be an exceptional team-worker. The ability to prioritise work within a dynamic and demanding scientific environment to meet challenging deadlines is essential.

Main Responsibilities
• Adhere to Home Office (ASPA) guidance on how to carry out scientific research and testing using animals.
• Contribute expertise to the design of in vivo research projects.
• Participate in and assist with the coordination of practical in vivo research projects across different therapy areas.
• Analyse data and produce reports to tight deadlines at the end of in vivo projects.
• Assist in the supervision and training of junior members of staff.

Skills/Requirements

Essential
• Hands-on experience of working with animal models of clinical disease.
• Practical competency in regulated procedures including dosing, blood/tissue sampling and basic surgical techniques.
• Highly organised and self-motivated with a track record of designing, organising and performing experiments with minimal supervision.
• PhD in a life science or BSc/MSc with equivalent experience or 10 years relevant experience.
• High ethical standards with experience of applying the 3R’s.
• An active or recently revoked Home Office personal licence.
• Meticulous attention to detail in experimental design and report writing.
• Strong communication skills, with proven ability to work as part of a team.
• Ability to multitask and work across multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to review and assimilate new information rapidly and effectively.
• Excellent level of computer literacy.
• Ability to work flexibly (out of hours working, including evenings, weekends and public holidays, is required for this post as necessary).

Desirable
• Extensive surgical experience.
• Experience working with in vivo cancer models.
• Experience with project licence administration.

This is a full-time role, which includes weekend working. RxCelerate offers a competitive salary with an annual bonus scheme and company benefit package.

The candidate will be required to travel between sites within Cambridge; therefore a driving licence and access to a car is essential.

Application Instructions: 

When applying for this role, please include a cover letter outlining how you meet the competencies, as described above. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format to careers@rxcelerate.com by Friday 12th July 2019. Informal enquiries can also be directed to this email address. Only applicants based in the UK and EU need apply.

Application Closing Date: 
12 July