Laboratory Technician Bioassay - 12 months
Cambridgeshire, GBR
12h ago

Avantor Services provides a broad variety of on-site Laboratory Services for major pharmaceutical customers and works collaboratively with the client to provide resource to deliver core scientific activities and increase laboratory productivity.

AstraZeneca requires an individual in the Avantor Services organisation to join the Bioassay Development Group and support as a Lab Technician.

This role is multi-disciplinary and underpins the laboratory support operations provided by Avantor Services, enabling R&D scientists to concentrate on their core role.

The main function of the group is assay development for sample testing of therapeutic biologics. The team requires support for routine sample testing in immunoassays and qPCR-based techniques.

This role is primarily lab-based, focusing on the delivery of general and scientific technical support to these R&D laboratories in accordance with SHE guidelines and Good Laboratory Standards.

Key Tasks

  • Carrying out analytical sample testing : qPCR-based and immunoassays for adeno-associated virus (AAV) therapeutics
  • Works with a cross-analytical team on strategies for high-throughput testing and automation
  • Participation in in-house meetings and presentations at internal and external meetings as and when necessary
  • Data management including reporting assay results into laboratory information management system (LIMS)
  • Recording all experiments accurately and clearly in accordance with AstraZeneca lab book policies and procedures. Preparation of data summaries and discussion of results as required.
  • Managing sample testing in a timely manner liaising with sample submitters from other teams
  • Routine operation of other assays in the Bioassay team, including cell-based potency assays
  • Ensuring compliance of activities performed in adherence with defined schedules and quality within a specified area. Act and report on deviations
  • Work in accordance with Quality Systems processes and requirements
  • Assists in the development / validation of methodology to meet project needs and supports the transfer of any methods to other groups as appropriate
  • Maintaining of reagent and consumable stock levels in the assay laboratories
  • Skills, Knowledge & Competencies

  • Previous working experience in a life science laboratory environment with experience in qPCR-based assays and / or immunoassays highly desired
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and willing to learn
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Outstanding communication skills on all levels and problem-solving capabilities with the confidence to react promptly to deliver the best service possible
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Proven excellent customer service focus and ability to work collaboratively
  • Good time management skills, ability to flex and handle multiple responsibilities and tasks on a regular basis
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Previous working experience with mammalian cell cultures advantageous but not essential
  • Basic IT skills (including Microsoft Word / Excel)
  • Knowledge and understanding of Good Laboratory Standards
  • An understanding of how the Avantor Services team interacts internally and externally within the organisation and how they contribute to the objectives of the business
  • Offer

    This opportunity not only offers the chance to work in a dynamic growing R&D team but also in a company that is looking to expand in an exciting area of research.

    These positions also offer a competitive salary and benefits package, with a flexible approach to work in line with your qualifications and experience.

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