Featured Exosome Job – Postgraduate Scientist (KTP Associate) in Exosome Targeting of Brain Cancer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate to work with us and ReNeuron on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

Working with the Academic and Company supervisors you will be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of research for labelling and imaging small biological particles; tracking their dispersal in the body after administration, and developing an entirely new therapeutic modality in a lethal brain cancer and an area of urgent medical need.

The post will be based across the two organisations, spending time in the ReNeuron offices in Pencoed and in the Cathays campus of Cardiff University.

Job Description

Key Duties

  • To manage the KTP project including maintenance of project plans, organisation of project-related meetings, and relevant administration activities.
  • To apply Operations Management principles in the design, development, and implementation of research and development.
  • To undertake necessary research and development activities to support the development and integration of relevant transgenic models of brain cancer.
  • To undertake necessary research and development activities to support the development of therapeutic exosomes.
  • To undertake necessary research and development activities to support the development of multimodal PET imaging for tracking biodistribution of exosomes.
  • To work with stakeholders within the Company in the coordination of research and development activities.
  • To develop and manage a personal development plan including completing management training provided by the KTP Scheme.
  • To liaise regularly with the academic and company staff, updating them on project progress and planning future direction.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.

General Duties

  • Ensure an understanding the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity
  • Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but consistent with the role

Person Specification

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

Essential Criteria

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  2. Strong problem solving skills with proven ability to analyse complex information and summarise appropriately.
  3. Good project management skills, with the ability to plan and organise the work of others to meet multiple conflicting deadlines.
  4. Demonstrable ability to manage change
  5. Professional approach to the conduct of work and the ability to both work independently and be a team player.
  6. Excellent IT skills relevant to scientific research
  7. Postgraduate degree (PhD) in a related subject area (e.g. Biosciences, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience)
  8. A Home Office Personal Licence (PIL) holder with significant experience in Animal Research, ideally within transgenic mouse models of cancer.
  9. Knowledge of research methods and techniques within exosomes and/or animal models of cance
  10. Significant experience in tissue culture of primary cells and/or advanced in vitro models of cancer research

Desirable Criteria

  1. Relevant laboratory experience.
  2. Experience of working in Industry.
  3. Experience in positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging and/or radiochemistry.

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