Biocatalysis Molecular Biologist

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Biocatalysis Molecular Biologist
Hours: 40 hours per week
Salary: Competitive
Ref No: HRJOB6183
Business Unit: Sciences
Location: Craigavon
Open To: Internal and external applicants welcome

The Company
Almac is an exceptional, award winning, drug development solutions provider at the forefront of the pharmaceutical industry.  We are a privately owned organisation that has organically grown over 50 years and now employs in excess of 5,600 highly skilled personnel worldwide.  Our Global headquarters is located in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with additional operations throughout Europe (UK, Ireland), across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and in Asia (Singapore and Japan). 

Our drive and passion for the values championed by our Founder, and enshrined in the ethos of Almac, ensures that ‘Partnering to Advance Human Health’ is more than just a strapline – it is our way of life.

Advancing human health requires exceptional people – your talent, experience and passion will be the perfect match.  Together we will make an exceptional difference to the health of countless patients all over the world ………and this is just the beginning. 

Let’s be exceptional together

The Role
Working as part of the Operations team based in either our global headquarters in Craigavon or in Belfast, you will be responsible for performing routine and advanced molecular biology activities to access proteins to be used in biocatalytic applications.  You will clone and express recombinant proteins, manipulate expression strains  and provide molecular biology expertise support to R&D programmes and business requirements as agreed with their Manager.

As part of a busy team within a rapidly growing organisation, operating within a challenging industry you will benefit from the numerous personal and professional developmental opportunities available throughout the Almac group.

Essential Criteria

  • PhD in molecular biology/protein expression and manipulation expression hosts or a closely related discipline OR Significant industrial experience in molecular biology/protein expression.
  • Experience in cloning, expression and mutagenesis of proteins.
  • Ability to prepare scientific reports/presentation/publications

Desirable Criteria
(The following criteria may be applied if a large pool of applicants exist)

  • Hold a 2.2 or above in Bachelors Honours Degree (or equivalent) in chemical sciences or biochemistry
  • Knowledge of manipulation of expression strains to improve expression regulation and yields.
  • Specialist working knowledge enzyme production and/or fermentation methods.
  • Knowledge of new biocatalytic product development strategies

Additional essential and desirable criteria are outlined in the job description and person specification attached to the online job posting.


  • Competitive salary
  • Family friendly flexible working
  • Annual bonus
  • Employee recognition programme
  • Learning and development opportunities and support
  • Health promotions
  • Enhanced pension contribution
  • Long service awards
  • 34 days annual leave allowance
  • Marriage leave
  • Free car parking
  • Moving house leave
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Paid medical appointments
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Enhanced maternity pay
  • On site physiotherapist
  • Critical illness policy
  • Perks discount scheme
  • Death in service benefit
  • Westfield healthcare benefit

(Full detail including eligibility criteria is outlined in the company handbook)

To Apply
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Closing Date
1st March 2021 at 1700 hours

  • Permanent
  • Craigavon
  • Closing date: Monday 01 Mar 2021
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