11 Pre-Clinical Lead Scientist - Quay Pharma

Title: Pre-Clinical Lead Scientist

Salary range: Dependent on experience.

Reports to: Head of Technical – Pre-Clinical

Summary:  To be the lead scientist for the pre-clinical department, delivering client programmes on time and in full and helping expand the pre-clinical service to additional service offerings demonstrating exceptional scientific and quality standards. 

General – Day to Day Activities:

  • To work closely with the Head of Technical and the pre-clinical scientific team to ensure projects are delivered to a high standard and on time.
  • To perform practical work and to check that practical work is being performed correctly and to a high standard.
  • To maintain good scientific records and to check the work of other scientists.
  • To write and check protocols and reports ensuring that they are produced to a high standard, both in terms of the scientific content whilst being commercially relevant to the project. 
  • To critically review the scientific work being performed on a project and within each pre-clinical platform – both in terms of the analytical and formulation components and question the scientific rationale.
  • To maintain effective communication with all key stakeholders.
  • To participate in client facing meetings (on site meetings and TCs).
  • To perform problem solving/trouble shooting.
  • Approval and review of standard operating procedures relevant to the role.
  • Mentor more junior staff and guide their continuing professional development.
  • Contribute to the overall development and expansion of the department, creating new platforms and building new service offerings to clients.

Technical and Scientific Development:

  • To participate in CPD activities to develop scientific knowledge further, for example, by attending relevant symposia/conference meetings and to disseminate this information to other members of the Pre-Clinical team and wider within Quay.
  • Introduction of new technologies/equipment according to industry changes/advances /development of the pre-clinical platform.
  • Production of material for use in marketing, scientific papers and posters for presentations at scientific meetings.
  • To perform other duties required in a lead scientist/technical capacity as required by the business.

Person Specification

Ideally, the successful candidate will have the following:

  • A first degree in Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Educated to Masters or PhD level with additional experience in analytical chemistry/pharmaceutical sciences/formulation.
  • Experience of working in a GxP laboratory.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal and teamworking skills.
  • Experience of contributing innovative ideas to a project/example of creativity.
  • Experience in analytical chemistry required.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively against business priorities.
  • Experience of a customer-facing role.
  • Experience of managing own project and able to work independently.
  • Flexibility to work out of hours when required.
  • Experience of mentoring others.


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