There is an exciting opportunity for a scientist, with a post graduate degree in life sciences or equivalent experience, to join a team delivering commercially-focussed diagnostic development projects. You will work alongside a small committed development team in Edinburgh and work collaboratively within the organisation and with 3rd parties.

The nature of work would involve designing and developing diagnostic assays in line with agreed project timelines and could include –

- Working up protocols/methodologies for delivery in a clinical environment.

- Evaluating prototypes on clinical samples.

- Assessing new or novel diagnostic technologies.

- Executing validation plans for diagnostic assays and equipment.

- Evaluating and analysing data.

- Optimising extraction methodologies.

- Working within a Quality compliant framework to ensure that the relevant documentation and practices are in place to deliver requirements.

Due to the nature of the work, the individual could expect to work on projects at different stages of the project lifecycle.


- Demonstrable experience in assay design & development, particularly in the areas of molecular biology or immunohistochemistry.

- Experience in the following technologies – qPCR, IHC, in situ PCR, sequencing (NGS or Sanger), nucleic acid extraction technologies, automated systems, ELISA, histology methods (i.e. tissue processing, sectioning, mounting, staining).

- Previous experience working in the areas of infectious diseases or oncology would be advantageous.

- Experience working in a clinical or diagnostic environment would be advantageous, or having worked under a quality management system such as ISO15189 or ISO13485.

- Project management experience, such as PRINCE2 would be desirable.

MRC Technology offers a competitive salary, a defined contribution pension scheme, private health insurance and other flexible benefits along with 31 days paid holiday per year.

How to apply

To apply please email your CV and covering letter, quoting the reference CLT-S to: recruitment@tech.mrc.ac.uk or by post to Recruitment, MRC Technology, Lynton House, 7-12 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LT (electronic applications preferred).

Closing Date: 12 September 2014

Competitive salary plus bonus and flexible benefits package

This is a fantastic opportunity to use your communications skills at a leading medical research charity, in a role encompassing media relations, strategic communications and internal communications.

We are ideally looking for someone with experience in one of pharma/biotech, life science, medical charity or technology sectors, although candidates with high level experience in other sectors will be considered. Candidates should have experience of working in corporate communications, media relations, PR or public affairs experience, for a well-known PR agency or high profile in-house team.

The role will involve working with stakeholders at all levels, across multiple organisations, to draw out stories and news items, and ensuring these are effectively communicated to a variety of audiences including, but not limited to, internal stakeholders, industry, the third sector, government and the wider public. You will also be responsible for our social media output. Importantly you will also be the internal communications lead, to support the organisation and staff engagement alongside the HR team.

You will be a self-starter, with the ability to proactively identify opportunities to position us as a thought leader on relevant issues and raise our profile with our target audiences. You will have a natural rapport with people at all levels, be a team player and also able to work autonomously.

You will be part of a small team, reporting to the Head of Marketing and Communications, and working alongside the Marketing Officer. You will also have the support of our PR agency for all external communications activities.

This full-time role is based at our central London office until mid-2015 when the role will be re-located to Stevenage. Travel will be required between our various sites.

No agencies.

How to apply

To apply please visit email recruitment@tech.mrc.ac.uk

Closing date: 7 September 2014