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Post-Doctoral Scientist

Division of Virology


NIBSC, South Mimms
SEO £37,547
Full time, permanent

The Organisation

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), world leaders in assuring the quality of biological medicines through product testing, developing standards and reference materials and carrying out applied research is now a new centre of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency alongside the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).

Purpose of Role:

We are recruiting a post-doctoral scientist to work in the Inactivated Viral Vaccines group, Division of Virology, to have responsibility for undertaking laboratory based work contributing to the batch release control testing, establishment of standards and other reference reagents and underpinning research associated with HPV, HBV, rabies and Ebola. The post holder will be expected to work independently and autonomously within the broad scope and goals of the group. The main focus will be on developing antibody assays and well characterized serology reference materials for HPV leading to improved vaccine quality control.

The post is accountable to the group leader and head of viral vaccines within the Division of Virology.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Undertake and if necessary co-ordinate research and development projects and programmes that support the development and application of the control testing of selected inactivated viral vaccines and related areas of scientific study.
  2. Be involved in the undertaking and coordination of collaborative and other studies to establish reference materials for the standardisation of assays associated with inactivated viral vaccines.
  3. Assist in the establishment of, be competent in and undertake assays necessary for the batch release of inactivated viral vaccines.
  4. Be trained and conversant with Quality Systems that underpin job responsibilities.
  5. Present complex scientific and other data to other scientists; including discussions with manufacturers about suitability of products for batch release which may be contentious, or e.g. posters or oral presentations at scientific meetings.
  6. Analyse the complex data arising from work above and prepare and publish scientific reports and papers using a variety of computer software packages.
  7. Be technically capable of undertaking scientific studies in a laboratory environment (requiring adherence to COSHH) involving the fine manipulation of materials.
  8. Contribute towards the preparation and implementation of various policies including local laboratory rules for safe working, introduction of new batch release assays within own area of scientific responsibility.
  9. Ability to work in Category 2 and 3 containment facilities.

How to apply:

You can apply for this position by creating a job profile on the Civil Service Jobs Portal here: https://jobsstatic.civilservice.gov.uk/csjobs.html

Please ensure to review the full job description and competencies in relation to this position prior to applying. Applicants will be expected to meet and address all the competencies in order to be shortlisted for the interview stage.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from suitably qualified people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, politics or disability.

All civil servants work within the boundaries of the Civil Service Code. The Code sets out the duties and responsibilities of all civil servants. Please click on the link for more information: www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-code

The closing date for applications is 29th July 2015.


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