Working at Primerdesign

Vacancies:

 

Job title: PCR Design Specialist  

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 31 August 2018

Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced Bioinformatics Scientist to address our needs for PCR assay design within the R&D department of a fast-growing and friendly biotech business.

Primerdesign are experts in real-time PCR, a molecular biology technique for detecting the presence of DNA and quantifying it. We have customers in many different industries including academia, research, healthcare, food industry and the veterinary industry selling to over 100 countries worldwide.

An exciting new venture for the company lies with developing kits and services in collaboration with some of the industry’s largest players. There’s a chance to you the chance to make a difference to the future healthcare industry as well as build on your skills and wider network.

The candidate will apply algorithms and bespoke software programs to support PCR assay design and conduct in silico validation of assays. They will also analyse experimental data with the goal of improving and maintaining the design processes required to support Primerdesign’s objectives. They will be required to apply their design knowledge to utilise innovative chemistries across a wide range of applications; e.g. expression profiling, genotyping, multiplexing etc.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Manage a team of design specialists to support the development of assays: the design PCR primers and probes for targeted assays using existing pipelines and tool.
  • Develop, maintain, and execute bioinformatics pipelines for assay design, data mining and sequence analysis.
  • Assess designs and develop/maintain processes and algorithms to improve the assay design pipeline (for the purposes of generating of IP).
  • Curate sequence data and mine public databases for sequence content periodically.
  • Work closely with internal and external collaborators to define the bioinformatics requirements for assays, set timelines and perform design reviews.
  • Assist in the execution of development studies, ensuring compliance with all applicable laboratory practices.
  • Assist in the data analysis and report writing of development studies, ensuring compliance with all applicable regulatory standards.
  • Participate in R&D project team meetings as needed.
  • Assist with laboratory tasks as and when asked. This may include the development and optimization of new and existing products.
  • Ensure the completion of research-related documentation (including technical summaries) in line with an ISO13485 quality management system.
  • Provide regular progress reports on assigned projects.
  • The provision of expert technical support for customers may be required.

Qualifications and experience required

Essential
  • MS/PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics or related field
  • Previous PCR knowledge and hands-on experience is a must. 
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience is required; industry preferred
  • Proficient with bioinformatics analysis tools: multiple sequence alignment, BLAST analysis, open reading frame analysis; secondary, tertiary and quaternary protein structure prediction, phylogenetics
  • Expertise in mining public databases for genomic sequences
  • Expertise in sequence analysis tools for mapping and comparative genomics
  • Understanding of the biology behind genotyping, gene expression profiling, comparative genomics and genetic mapping
  • The ability to work well within a team and have strong written and verbal communication skills is critical.
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail are required for this role. 
Desirable
  • MS/PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics or related field
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience is required; industry preferred
  • Understanding of assay design, experience working in disease research or with next generation sequencing data and customer facing experience would all be highly advantageous.
  • Experience of working within a quality system is highly advantageous, particularly ISO 13485. 
  • Previous experience in scientific product development or creating complex study designs desired.
  • Previous statistical data analysis experience would be beneficial.

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.co.uk  



Job title: Account Manager, EMEA

Location: Southampton

Closing date: 30 June 2018

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Sales –International Markets, this role is responsible for account managing sales covering Europe, Middle East & Africa. The role will include managing direct customers, active distributor management and identifying new sales opportunities for the EMEA region.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Working with distributors in the EMEA region to deliver budgeted sales, drive the sales pipeline and ensure revenue growth
  • Ensure valid contracts are in place with partners 
  • Identify new sales opportunities within existing accounts to retain a client-account manager relationship by up-selling and cross-selling
  • Working with after-sales to ensure maximum support for customers and distributors
  • Working with Customer Services/Sales order management to ensure timely and accurate delivery
  • Actively support distributors in training events and sales meetings within the assigned EMEA countries
  • Provide accurate forecasting to meet/exceed budget and manage key opportunities
  • Drive for customer satisfaction and increase competitive advantage by building trust and relationships
  • Liaise with internal teams on financial, contractual, logistics and product registration matters for the assigned EMEA countries
  • Coordinate and provide regular revenue reports to distributors
  • Proactively communicate with Primerdesign distributors, by regular calls and email correspondence, to ensure their projected revenue targets are being fulfilled

Qualifications and experience required

  • Degree Level qualification or equivalent in Life Sciences
  • Experience of selling into the life science Research and Diagnostics Market
  • Distributor Management experience
  • Experience in the PCR market place
  • Proven track record of success
  • Significant experience of managing a distribution network across Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Ability to build networks and positively influence sales outcomes
  • Strong negotiation skills

Hours of Work

  • 37.5 hours per week

For further information or to apply for this vacancy please e-mail Kay Campbell, HR Administrator, kay.campbell@novacyt.co.uk  


 

Speculative applications

We always enjoy meeting smart people who might like to join us.  If you have a scientific background and are interested in working for an exciting, fast-growing biotech company then send us a CV. Cake making skills desirable but not essential.

 Primerdesign HQ

Who we want

Friendly We want friendly people. We’re all friendly and our customers love that fact. We want to provide a personal friendly service to every one of them. And we want to thrive in an environment that is a relaxed and friendly place in which to work.

Dedicated We want people who love giving outstanding service. As a team we are dedicated to looking after our customers. To giving them an experience with a biotech supplier that they have never experienced the like of.

Expert Our reputation is built on expertise in real-time PCR. We want to flood our company with more and more people who are truly expert in their field. More real-time PCR experts of course, but experts in other areas of business are crucial for our success too.

Professional We want professionals. We want to ensure that all of our customers and all of our team are thoroughly looked after. It’s a fun place to work, but also one where we strive to do the useful things that bigger companies do too. We want to better ourselves, to progress our skill sets and to build successful careers.

If you would like to work for Primerdesign, but do not see a suitable role advertised above, you can still send us a speculative a CV and covering letter to: enquiry@primerdesign.co.uk