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Research and Development Scientist (Drugs and Toxicology)

Company: Key Forensic Services
Location: Warrington
Reference: KFSTOXRD
Closing Date: 20 Dec 18
Type: Full Time
Salary (£): 30,000 - 40,000
Benefits: 25 days holiday, contributory pension, flexible working

Logo: Key Forensic Services

Job Summary:

Technical lead in the project management, development and validation of novel analytical methodology for the drugs and toxicology departments.


Responisbiliites and Technical Skills

Extensive experience in the design of method development projects and the implementation of validation/verification studies to the BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard.  Demonstrable experience in a forensic laboratory would be advantageous but is not essential.

Fully conversant with the use of analytical instrumentation (notably LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, HPLC-DAD, GC-HS-FID) and their associated software packages - Analyst/MultiQuant (Sciex), ChemStation/MassHunter (Agilent) and TurboMass (Perkin Elmer).  Experience of the use of NMR spectroscopy in drug analysis is desirable

Adept at undertaking routine maintenance and troubleshooting on analytical instrumentation as and when required.

A thorough understanding and working knowledge of international quality standards (e.g. ISO/IEC 17025:2005, ILAC G19) and national/international laboratory guidelines (notably UKIAFT, TIAFT, SOFT, SoHT, SWGTOX/SWGDRUG, UNODC).  Knowledge of FSR guidelines and codes of practice would be desirable but is not essential.

Proactively reviews existing analytical methodology and advises on improvements to increase process efficiency.

Technical lead over quality issues arising from analytical processes.

Management of your own resources and taking responsibility for your own continued professional development within the analytical sector.


Behaviours and Competencies

Customer focussed with demonstrable commercial acumen.

Understands the importance of the customer and contractual tender requirements.

Exceptional communication skills both in written and verbal forms to effect maximum impact across sphere of influence.  

Well-developed interpersonal skills are essential.

Analytical thinker and problem solver, including ability to work under pressure and plan and schedule resources effectively to meet tight deadlines.

Strong IT capability to include Microsoft Office and excel with an ability to analyse data.


Personal Attributes

Highly motivated, resilient individual who approaches work with a positive attitude.

Able to work on their own initiative and with exceptional attention to detail.

Unquestionable level of honesty and integrity.

Strong professional ethics and commitment to work.

Team player with a willingness to support, engage & enthuse others.

Professional business disposition and of smart appearance.



A minimum of a scientific degree level qualification (or equivalent) is essential.

Several years’ experience and proven track record of devising and managing method development/validation studies.

Experience of working within a forensic/pharmaceutical environment would be advantageous.

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Contact Information:

Address:  Head Office
ATU! University of Warwick Science Park, Sir William Lyons Road, Coventry
Tel:  07772294448

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