SPD Development Company Ltd

  • Bedford
Company Overview

SPD was formed in 2007 as a joint venture between Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Alere, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott. With strong positions in most key markets with the Clearblue brand, SPD is active in the research,design, marketing and sales of branded consumer diagnostic products.

SPD has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH) and its R&D and support functions are in Bedford (SPD Development Company Ltd). There are approximately 160 employees across these two sites.

The function of SPD is to rapidly design, develop, test and transfer to production, world class consumer diagnostic solutions in women’s health.

SPD comprises of Research and Development (including Science, Design, Engineering, Software and Hardware), Product Support, Clinical Affairs, Statistics & Data Management, Scientific & Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance and Quality Assurance, Customer Support, Sales & Marketing, Product Supply, Project Management, Finance, Legal and People and Organisational Development.



Purpose of role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Scientist to conduct research to identify or evaluate new biomarkers relevant to the business. Assessment of utility of the markers, including clinical research will be required. The researcher will set up and implement agreed research programs. Involvement in setting up collaborations with external experts is also needed. You will be expected to contribute to making grant applications or searching for research funding. Presentation of findings both internally and externally is expected, as is the ability to provide recommendations for further research.



Main Responsibilities




Undertake basic research to understand the biochemistry of new biomarkers and set up measurement systems for them
Conduct clinical research on new biomarkers to determine whether they can provide important analytical information
Responsible for the planning and implementation of research from concept to completion relating to clinical biomarkers
Plan and deliver work packages and scientific reports in a timely manner against agreed business timelines
Present data at external conferences as SPD conference speaker or managing posters
Determine whether intellectual property arises from research and work with legal team to protect as appropriate
Publish findings in scientific literature as required by the business
To collaborate with the Assay Team to align clinical research to R&D programs



Responsible for ensuring that any new validation activities relevant to research are delivered as required by the business
Provide technical guidance to Clinical Laboratory Team members and Scientists within the business regarding sample analysis/analytical methodologies/reference methods
Uses expert knowledge to ensure excellence in biomarker analysis and sample handling
Work with external experts/companies to further clinical research
Providing routine support if required for the analysis of human samples using auto analyser machines, including but not limited to, AutoDELFIA, Immulite, ABX and Ceros II
Work with Clinical Research Associates and Clinical Laboratory Analyst (Exploratory) to provide support to the new and ongoing clinical studies relevant to clinical research
Ensure relevant Work Instructions and Risk Assessments are reviewed and kept up to date and that health and safety requirements are fulfilled
Support and training of Technicians and Temporary Agency Workers as required
Maintain up to date working knowledge of GCP and GLP, other working standards and regulations e.g. HTA Licence related to clinical research and SPD working practices.




Person Specification




PhD in Biologically related subject
Scientific background with technical experience, or relevant experience in biomarker evaluation
Must have a sound knowledge of immunoassays, assay validation and biomarker evaluation
Experience in proteomic/metabolomics methods is desired
Experience in molecular techniques would be beneficial
Experience of working with a Clinical Laboratory Team and/or within a medical device company is desirable
Must be highly skilled in scientific writing
Experience in external presentation at conferences
Strong organisational skills are required, including the ability to prioritise work in line with business objectives and requirements that are needed
Must be able to demonstrate the ability to take ownership and accountability for delivering results, processes information quickly identifying the key challenges in complex situations
Competent in using all Microsoft tools include Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and experience of managing and working with a database




Other Information

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK