Biotechnologist – Pharmaceuticals

Harrow, London
£35k – £37k + bonus + benefits
02 Aug 2018
05 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Biotechnologist – Pharmaceuticals

Role: Full-time, permanent

Location: Harrow, London

Salary: £35k – £37k + bonus + benefits

The Role:

We’re seeking a meticulous and methodical Biotechnologist to support the analysis of our Biosimilar and conventional finished products (including tablet, capsule, injection and oral liquid dosage formats) to the highest quality standards and in compliance with all industry and GxP requirements. Working closely with our Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) departments to understand customer and market demands, you’ll help to plan the timely release of product batches, perform relevant analytical activities and complete the required documentation to support our work schedule. Taking responsibility for media preparation, GPT testing and culture cell line maintenance, you’ll use a range of analytical techniques (e.g. HPLC, electrophoresis, physical and identification tests) to run relevant analyses across our finished products, raw materials, stability samples and packing materials. You will also test bioassay for our biosimilar products and perform (including microbial limit, sterility and bacterial endotoxin tests). Ensuring our Biotechnology and Microbiology departments remain compliant with GMP, GLP and GDP requirements, you’ll monitor the environmental and stability factors of the labs and lead on method transfer, new product transfer and validation process activities. To support the smooth running of the department, you’ll perform calibration and preventive maintenance of our analytical instruments, prepare and complete all documentation (e.g. SOPs, methods, protocols, test documentation), update our LIMS and QMS systems and support colleagues with troubleshooting and training, as required.

The Person:

With significant experience in a similar Biotechnologist role within a GxP compliant analytical lab in the pharmaceutical industry, you’ll have a good understanding of Biosimilar products and relevant analytical techniques (e.g. HPLC, electrophoresis, bioassay, GPT tests, culture cell line maintenance), a sound knowledge of GMP and GLP guidelines and experience of performing method transfers, new product validations and calibration and maintenance of analytical instruments. Known for your organisation skills, you can make good decisions and prioritise tasks to effectively meet deadlines – even in a busy and changeable work environment. Highly analytical, you’re highly accurate with a good attention to detail, follow instructions closely but can also think creatively to troubleshoot problems. With strong communication and interpersonal skills (in written and spoken English), you’re confident liaising with all levels of seniority and navigating cultural differences. You’re a natural team player, always happy to support your colleagues and share learnings, but also happy working autonomously and using your own initiative. You’ll have good IT skills across company systems and Microsoft Office (including advanced Excel skills) and hold a degree-level qualification in a relevant medical, pharmaceutical or chemistry based subject.

The Rewards:

In return, we offer a competitive salary and rewards package (including holiday, bonus, healthcare and pension). Not to mention the opportunity to genuinely make a difference in a new and dynamic role within a progressive and expanding business, at an exciting time of growing international reach.

How to Apply:

If you possess the experience, passion and ability to make this role a success then we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV with covering letter to by 5th September 2018 or for further details you can contact Hattie via email on hattie_booth [at] Role advertised on 1st August 2018.

A Bit About Us:

Established in 2001, Astron Research is a leading and is a fast growing Pharmaceutical Contract Research Organisation (CRO), dedicated to providing prompt and reliable services to help improve our clients’ product quality through technical expertise and cutting edge technological innovations. With over 300 employees working with clients in over 50 countries across the world, our services range from R&D, project coordination and regulatory support to business development, market support and logistics. We support formulation and analytical research across a range of dosage formats (from solid oral dose to injectables), and hold additional expertise in specialty medicaments, oral novel drug delivery systems (NDDS) and controlled release pellets.

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