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Research Associate III/IV (Molecular)




Life Science & Biotechnology




Competitive + comprehensive benefits package



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Research Associate III/IV (Molecular)

Abercorn Sinclair is proud to partner with Asklepios Biopharmaceutical (AskBio) as they seek to appoint a new role within their in vivo team, this position is based at the Roslin Innovation Centre, Edinburgh.

The company:

Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio) is a leading, clinical-stage gene therapy company founded in 2001 based on the work of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy visionary and pioneer, Jude Samulski, PhD. Since that time, their commitment to developing life-saving medicines that can potentially cure genetic diseases has never wavered.

At AskBio, they’ve built a foundation of therapeutic programs, AAV manufacturing and a rich portfolio of patented technology. Their therapeutic focus includes neuromuscular, central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with clinical trials underway for Pompe disease, Parkinson’s disease, and congestive heart failure. Their gene therapy platform includes Pro10™, an industry-leading proprietary cell line manufacturing process, and an extensive AAV capsid and promoter library.

They became a wholly owned, independently operated, subsidiary of Bayer AG in late 2020 as a cornerstone of its newly formed Cell & Gene Therapy (CGT) platform. Their global headquarters is in Research Triangle Park, NC. Additionally, they have significant operations in Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, OH, Scotland, France, and Spain.

The role:

Reporting to the in vivo manager you will provide support in running the molecular biology lab. This is a hands-on role, qPCR, RT-PCR, luciferase & protein assays, with a continuous improvement focus of the assays and protocols.

Responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Molecular Biology
  • qPCR, RT-PCR, luciferase assays, protein assays, DNA/RNA extractions.
  • Introducing new techniques and equipment to improve workflow.
  • Establishing new protocols.
  • Optimising existing protocols.
  • Data analysis – i.e., GraphPad Prism software.

Person Profile:

  • Strong organisational and planning skills.
  • Delivering work to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of processing large quantity of samples.
  • Confident and clear presentation of data, verbally and through written reports.
  • Provide support and guidance to existing staff.
  • Willingness to periodically work with mice, principally dissections.

The candidate:

This role could suit a degree/MSc qualified candidate with several years of industry or academic experience behind them. We are looking for individuals with strong molecular & organisational skills ideally from a fairly high-throughput molecular lab.

You will join a highly skilled team with the opportunity to work with a business at the forefront of gene regulation and play a crucial role, in supporting the development of future gene therapy treatments.

You can expect to receive a competitive salary plus additional benefits including, a bonus, life cover, critical illness, health, pension, cycle to work, onsite gym, and on-site café.

Please contact our retained partner, Keith Tocher at Abercorn Sinclair for a confidential discussion.

About Abercorn Sinclair

Abercorn Sinclair is a specialist, technical recruitment consultancy based in Edinburgh. We provide permanent, interim, and contract solutions across the science & technology sectors.



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