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Scientist (Grade 2), Cambridge, UK.

09 March 2018

With the recent acquisition of Discuva in Cambridge, UK, Summit is now expanding its antibiotic discovery capabilities.  This role will be based in Cambridge (UK) where the focus is discovery of next generation antibiotics to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance.

We are looking to recruit a scientist to expand and strengthen the microbiological screening team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast moving, dynamic company whilst enhancing your experience at the cutting edge of antimicrobial drug discovery. We are looking for a scientist with an understanding and interest in bacteriology and antimicrobial resistance. 

As part of the Summit team, you will plan and undertake laboratory research using existing technologies and/or by developing novel assays. This lab-based position is ideal for someone looking to use and develop their research skills in an industrial setting. Knowledge of early-stage drug discovery and development would also be beneficial.

The Scientist will report to the Director/ Associate Director (Discovery Platform Group).

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Development and optimisation of bacterial growth assays
  • Screening of compounds in bacterial growth inhibition assays
  • Profiling in antimicrobial susceptibility assays
  • Design, set up and execution of experiments, adhering to protocols and analysing resultant data within agreed timelines.
  • Communicating results and lab issues in a timely manner with clarity and precision, both verbally and in writing
  • Keeping detailed records of high quality, reproducible experiments
  • Routine maintenance and troubleshooting of lab instrumentation and participate in laboratory housekeeping (eg. media preparation, autoclaving supplies and waste)

Candidate Specification

  • BTec/HND/BSc/MSc in job-related field of study and 1+ year of relevant laboratory experience
  • Experience in drug discovery in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector preferred
  • Experience of aseptic techniques and microbiological methodologies
  • Experience of assay development, high-throughput screening and laboratory automation would be beneficial
  • Good interpersonal/communication skills and team ethic
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • An adaptable team player capable of working to tight deadlines and exacting standards
  • Strong organisational skills including ability to prioritise & work under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and apply new concepts and techniques

Please apply by email with a copy of your CV and covering letter