NIBSC Scientist (NB371)

South Mimms, Potters Bar
Up to £26224 per annum + benefits
Sep 09, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

Wouldn’t it be great if your job benefited millions of people all over the world!

If you or someone you know has ever taken a medicine in the UK or Europe we will have researched, regulated and licensed it. As such the work we do touches the lives of millions and each and every one of our employees contributes to this in one way or another.

With circa 1300 staff based in two main locations and peripatetically across the UK and abroad, we enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices.

A centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a global leader in the characterisation, standardisation and control of biological medicines. NIBSC plays a major role in assuring the quality of biological medicines worldwide through the provision of biological reference materials, by testing products and carrying out research. Our expert scientists also provide advice on a routine basis and in response to emergencies.

Purpose of the role:

The post-holder will be working in the Inactivated Viral Vaccines (IVV) group in the Division of Virology providing administrative and scientific support in the batch-release testing and related work developing assays and reference reagents for the quality control and standardisation of inactivated/recombinant viral vaccines. These vaccines include those that protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). The batch release activities operate according to ISO17025 standards and testing is UKAS-accredited. NIBSC is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and International Laboratory for Biological Standards. The IVV group is also actively involved in biological standardisation projects in response to emerging outbreak diseases (e.g. Ebola, Zika) as well as in the control of vaccine preventable viral diseases (e.g. HPV, HepB, rabies, Dengue). This work is underpinned by research focused on assay development and the formulation and stability of biological standards.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake batch release activities of viral vaccines and prophylactic immunoglobulins;
  • Support/share the work of colleagues involving document management and control, reagent and equipment validation, calibration and/or maintenance and general laboratory housekeeping.
  • Assist in various standardisation projects as workload permits;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and maintain excellent  records; occasionally give presentations to the group or the Division;
  • Interact regularly and effectively with your line manager and interact appropriately and effectively with other staff.
  • Generate complex data arising from work above and contribute to scientific reports using a variety of computer software packages;
  • Liaise with national and international collaborators and external organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM), regulatory agencies and vaccine manufacturers; to be flexible when work priorities require contributions to other areas of the Division


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