hVIVO - Whitechapel

Senior Research Scientist - Clinical Trials

Job Location UK-London
Position Type


We are currently looking for an significantly experienced Senior Research Scientist (SRS) with a Virology, Immunology or Biomedical background with strong project management experience to join our laboratory division.  Experience working to GCP and MHRA standards in a clinical trial environment are also key to this role.  


The hVIVO Laboratory function undertakes sample processing and analysis for all clinical trials conducted at hVIVO.  The Laboratory team has a diverse work stream including internal studies, clinical trials and standalone projects.  The laboratory team also performs bespoke assay development and validation work and collaborates with strategic partners. The SRS position requires understanding and experience in a range of practical techniques such as Qualitative and Quantitative PCR, cell infectivity, neutralising antibody, serology assays, and multiplex viral detection assays. 


The position has 2 overarching focuses: Leading the analytical stage of clinical trial; and acting as a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the scientific discipline.  The role involves being the laboratory point of contact for clinical trial clients, supervising junior members of staff in a matrix management structure, and taking ownership of study data, making sure it is delivered to GCP standards and within the agreed timelines. The SRS has significant growth opportunities by acting as a SME in their technical area and in project management.


The ability to work independently with minimal supervision is key. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are also critical to the role.  The SRS will be expected to not only perform day to day tasks effectively, but also to think strategically when it comes to delivery of their assigned project.


The ideal candidate will have a virology, immunology or biomedical background. They will be experienced in working to GCP as part of a CRO or pharmaceutical company (minimum 6 years’ experience).  They will be degree or PhD educated and have hands on experience of key virology techniques including tissue culture, cell-based infectivity assays and qPCR.  They will have experience working in a matrix management structure leading project teams and delivering quality data in a time pressured environment.  The candidate will be a team player that works well under pressure and can motivate others.  Flexibility with working patterns may be required to suit the needs of the business.    

Main Responsibilities

The core responsibilities are:

  • Manage and conduct the analytical phase of clinical studies according to the agreed protocol and timelines to GCP standards.
  • Perform and train others in assigned scientific assays with high degree of independence.
  • Lead all lab activities for a given client project, including writing analytical plans, planning and conduct of sample processing and analysing, data management, and delivery to the client.
  • Maintain customer satisfaction of both internal and external clients and stakeholders.
  • Monitor studies to ensure adherence to the Scope of Work and evaluate progress of designated projects against timelines and budget.
  • Record all information and data obtained in experiments according to established procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Assist in the supervision and development of junior scientists.

Skills & Experiences

  • 1st Degree in relevant scientific subject (2:1 or above preferable) or equivalent
  • Previous experience working to GCP standards and MHRA standards in a clinical trial environment.
  • Experience working within a CRO or pharmaceutical company.
  • Project management experience.


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