Senior Scientist

11 Oct 2016
19 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Mondelez International’s Reading Science Centre provides unique opportunities in the provision of scientific analysis, research, consultancy and training to its parent company and the wider food and pharmaceutical sectors. Operating as Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL), we apply leading-edge science with integrity and service to exceed expectations and deliver greater value to our clients. In RSSL we are customer focused, science led and results driven. The RSSL DNA and Protein laboratory performs a wide range of analytical analyses for a variety of food, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and supports Mondelez research and innovation. The role of Senior Scientist II provides technical direction and possible managerial responsibilities within the DNA and Protein laboratory. Play a key role in ensuring that complex projects are performed and supervised effectively and accurately within agreed timescales and to appropriate quality standards. This role has a strong focus on DNA analyses method development and project management. It focuses on routine and investigative analyses of products and method development and validations using techniques such as PCR, RT-PCR, Sanger Sequencing, and other traditional and state-of-the-art DNA analytical tools. It also encompasses leading projects in the area of food authenticity and protein analyses with ELISA. The position holder will coach junior members of the team as required. Responsibilities will also include frequent client contact, networking with the scientific community outside RSSL, and administrative support for laboratory management. Responsibilities Technical 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 within own area of expertise across departments. Perform a range of analysis using PCR, RFLP, SDS-PAGE, RT-PCR, Sanger sequencing with ABI 3130 , ELISA assays independently. Knowledge in WGS preferred Perform complex method development and design validation protocols. Perform maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment. Identify new lab equipment for the department. Perform data checking and provide interpretation of results for routine testing. Generate certificate analysis or external interpretive reports. Expert user of specific instrument software and proficient in the use of generic and specific software packages require for the role: Laboratory’s LIMS system, Q-Pulse. Provide training and supervise junior staff in routine activities and methods and interpretation. Responsible for a portfolio of projects within their technical area of expertise Communication & Influence Work as part of an efficient analytical team To liaise with clients, business development and line management to ensure effective communication of 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 Contributes to technical strategies & influences senior management (e.g. food authenticity) Leadership and supervision Plan own workload and plan routine projects for junior staff Train junior members of the team as required. QEHS 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 and UKAS. Ensure training records are accurate. Requirements Educated to Degree or PhD in a relevant scientific discipline , preferably biochemistry, chemistry of food chemistry Excellent understanding of PCR technologies, related method development, and insight into whole genomic sequencing Scientific understanding and ability to independently conduct biochemical analysis, method development and evaluation of new technology in relevant area. Good knowledge of laboratory quality and accreditation systems (GMP or UKAS) Meticulous attention to detail, well organized and strong team working ethos. able to organise own work and others to maximise output Project management and planning skills,able to manage project teams and leading resourcing allocation. Extended experience of working hands-on in a PCR laboratory using PCR, RT-PCR, Sanger Sequencing and developing, validating methods with these technologies Good knowledge of laboratory quality and accreditation systems (GMP/UKAS) Good theoretical or some practical knowledge of whole genomic sequencing Preferred Experience in using PCR technologies for food authenticity testing Experience with protein analyses using ELISA We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills. In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme. This job was originally posted as