Research and Development Lead (Drugs and Toxicology)

  • Salary:
    negotiable / TBA
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Forensic Researcher
  • Deadline:
    December 8, 2018

Role Summary

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

Responsibilities 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 & 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.

Terms & Conditions

  • Competitive salary dependent upon experience.
  • Full Time (37 hours per week). 
  • 25 days holiday per annum plus statutory holidays.
  • Contributory money purchase pension scheme.


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