Preclinical Cell-based Assay Specialist 100% (Limited) - Geneva

Vifor Pharma
Meyrin, Switzerland
Closing date
16 Oct 2020

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Clinical Research
Full Time
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About You
In order to strengthen our teams in our current projects, we are looking for a biology cell-based assay specialist for a period of 18 months. In this position, you will work in the team of Analytics and Cell Biology within the department of Product & Industrial Development of our biotech production site in Meyrin. You will be responsible for performing and developing standard and customized cell-based assays to feed preclinical research needs and on OM Pharma products essentially. Your responsibilities include the following tasks:
  • Perform standard cell-based readouts on several products (bacterial lysates) using all standard ELISA kits
  • Perform MSD analysis on several type of cells including primary human cells
  • Perform FACS, immunofluorescence and well-slides labeling based on projects needs
  • Develop / optimize cell-based 96/384 well assay for OM products (API, Intermediate and Drug Product)
  • Contribute to transfer-in a set of potential potency assays developed externally.
  • Analyse and interpret generated data with a scientific mindset
  • Write protocol, raw data and reports needed for the traceability of the activities
  • Communicate effectively and proactively on a regular basis on the progress of projects

For this position, we are looking for a person with strong laboratory experience, sufficient scientific mindset and structured reasoning with the following profile:
  • University degree (MSc, engineer or PhD) in drug Discovery Life Science, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Immunology or equivalent
  • Strong experience in in-vitro cell-based assay development in the biotech pharma environment
  • Capacity to think out of the box, to show flexibility and to work independently from cell culture up to assay completion, reports and executive summary results.
  • Functional cell-based assay experience in signal transduction and knowledge of GMP guidelines (GXP, ICH, Ph, Eur,...) are added values
  • Very good knowledge of English(written and spoken)

You describe yourself as a team player, who is able to show flexibility and efficiency in cross-functional teams. You are looking for a new job opportunity in an agile and innovative company, where your initiative spirit and entrepreneurship mindset are seen as added values and encouraged.

About Us
The Vifor Pharma Group is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is the partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care); and OM Pharma.

Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland, and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348).

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We are looking for new people to join an international team of more than 2,700 talented people, operating in over 100 countries to support our Vision of becoming global leader in our three therapeutic areas:








We are a global leading expert in iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.

We are proud of a broad portfolio to help nephrology patients suffering from kidney disease.

Our expertise in both these areas are helping cardio-renal patients.

We innovate internally, but we also partner with the best companies externally. We are also a unique pharmaceutical company, as we have direct access to Fresenius Medical Care clinics via our joint company. Fresenius Medical Care has access to more than 329,000 patients in its global network of over 3,900 dialysis clinics.

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  • Flughofstrasse 61
  • 8152 Glattbrugg
  • Switzerland
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