(Fluorescent image of nerve growth on Spidrex silk : courtesy of Prof. John Priestley, Center for Neuroscience and Trauma, Queen Mary University London)
Latest update : March 2018 - We are looking for an R&D Research Engineer (see below)

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 R&D Research Engineer

Protein-based Biomaterials

Biomaterial background with industrial experience

Location : Oxford, Oxfordshire UK

Business/Function : R&D

Full time- 37.5h/week

Start date: From April 2018 until September 2019

Reports to: Project Manager

We are seeking to recruit a serious, innovative, collaborative, self-motivated, committed, very meticulous and organized full time Research Engineer to work on our protein based feedstock process. This position is a broad ranging laboratory based role developing, problem solving.

Please note: there is no biotechnology, cell culture, protein/molecule synthesis or protein analysis involved in this role.

Role description

The position will mainly involve improving our spin-able protein-based feedstock process. The candidate will interface with external research teams and support, trouble shoot and help to develop new processes and testing of the material.

Key responsibilities will include

-Organise all laboratory work efficiently.

-Help develop and implement new processes of obtaining the main silk feedstock and scaffolds made with the feedstock.

-Help ensure that all manufacturing process improvements can be up-scaled to production volume and assist with the manufacture up-scale when prototype is ready.

-Help in the development and implementation of a Quality Assurance methodologies for existing and new processes.

-Communicate observations and outcomes on a scheduled basis.

-Generate new data in support of scientific, regulatory and marketing claims and indications.

-Work with external facilities and sub-contract facilities.

-Maintain the laboratory stocks and equipment, place orders for materials and consumables.

-Comply with requirements and procedures for Design Control.

-Follow strict documentation and laboratory work processes.

-Write SOP’s and other Quality System documentation as required.

Candidate’s attributes

-Prior experience in Industry is a plus (including industrial placement).

-Scientific degree

-Background in biomaterials, chemistry or protein chemistry ideal

-It will be critical for the candidate to be able to follow strict laboratory and reporting procedures to ensure full traceability of all work done

-Practical and "hands on" laboratory skills as the position will be mainly laboratory-based

-Strong analytical, research and innovation skills

-Confident when working independently

-Able to ensure overall project goals and timelines are met by organising and supervising all laboratory work efficiently

-Able to plan relevant work/studies, analyse data and prepare reports

-Able to work in a small team.

-Positive "can do" attitude

All applicants should be able to prove that they are legally entitled to work in the UK

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