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Assistant Scientist (Cell Culture)

Job description:
Yacht Life Sciences has a vacancy for an Assistant Scientist Cell Culture at our client - Janssen Vaccines and Prevention in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The QCD labs group is part of the Analytical Development Department of the Pharmaceutical and Analytical Development sector. Overall, the QCD Labs unit consist of 6 subteams (Raw-Materials, Sample Management, Cell Culture, Microbiology, Coordination and Technicians) and is responsible for release and stability testing as well as the corresponding reporting of Janssen’s virus and antibody products for use in clinical trials and the analytical support of the pilot plant activities.

The QCD Labs group focuses on supporting production and laboratory activities with:

  • Inspection, release and change management of incoming production raw materials and laboratory chemicals (Raw-Materials Team)
  • Sample and Material receipt, handling, storage and forwarding (Sample Management Team)
  • Cell Culture services where cells are maintained used for assays and production cell line quality is supported (Cell Culture Team)
  • Microbiology group, mainly responsible for maintaining controlled state of production clean room and production utilities by environmental and utility monitoring programs (Microbiology Team)
  • Coordination of Release and Stability testing and Outsourcing Coordination (Coordination Team)
  • Lab technicians team is responsible for all internal release and stability testing (Technicians)


Based on the formation plan and the needs within the QCD Labs organization, we are looking for a motivated Assistant Scientist who enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment.
Main tasks of an Assistant Scientist are:

  • Performing assays like: GPT and Control Cell
  • Culturing of cells (e.g. A549, HEK293), in order to keep cells maintained for assays.
  • Ensuring that a high level of Quality is maintained in the department.
  • Accurate completion of documentation such as assay run sheets (ARS), laboratory notebooks and logbooks.
  • Actively participate in setting up documentation to ensure compliance.
  • Participate in continuous improvement projects that progresses the department in quality, EHS and efficiency gain.
  • Becoming an assay responsible for an assay performed within the team, including updating of test instructions for GMP assays.
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Over de werkgever

Information about the company
Janssen Vaccines & Prevention, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, is dedicated to bringing meaningful innovation to global health. Their teams focus on the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of vaccines to protect people worldwide from infectious diseases.

In this organization, entrepreneurial people are working in a dynamic culture in which innovation and a 'can do' state of mind are the central points. They are continuously looking for enthusiastic, talented people who have the ambition to develop themselves and can be of value to Janssen. The offices of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention are located in Leiden.
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Terms of Employment
We offer a challenging position which allows you to work in a dynamic and international environment, ensuring diversity in your work and creating plenty of opportunities for personal development. This concerns a full-time secondment contract for 1 year (extension is possible).

We will offer a competitive benefits package in line with the seniority of the position (salary between 2600 and 3200 euro gross per 4-week period).

You will become a member of a strong professional network who shares your education, ambitions and competencies. This will enable you to interact with your colleagues and become a member of the YACHT network, which stretches the Life Science industry. You will be challenged by your peers and will be able to follow courses and training via our Yacht Academy and keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date: boosting your career through personal and scientific growth. 


Job requirements: 
  • ​MLO degree (candidates with a Bachelor/Master degree will be considered as overqualified)
  • 2-4 years work experience with lab activities (must include cell culture) in a GMP or similar environment
  • Work experience with quality and laboratory systems such as cGMP, LIMS
  • Experience working in a Quality driven environment.
  • Affinity with medical products
  • Good communication in English (written and verbally)



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