Cell culture laboratory assistant



Orion Corporation operates in more than 20 countries, where we Orionees, 3200 in total, work in all kinds of positions. Among us there are Research Scientists, Laboratory Technicians, Engineers and IT Specialists as well as people working in Production, just to mention some examples. We offer diverse and responsible jobs to our personnel in a truly multi-disciplinary work environment. We encourage people to develop their competences and offer opportunities to affect the job description and creating their own career path at Orion. We are searching for top talents who are ready to share our passion for the work that we do.

We are seeking a laboratory research assistant to join the Protein & Antibody Engineering unit.

Description of position

As research assistant you will play an important role in the unit. You will be supporting our projects and working closely together with scientists and assistants both within our own unit and cross-functionally. Your tasks will span activities from protein production to characterization, but your main focus will be on cell culture work, developing and maintaining cell lines, and producing proteins. You will have good opportunities to learn new skills and develop your competences.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working closely together with the team and support projects with experimental work
  • Maintain cell cultures
  • Support protein production with transient transfection of mammalian and bacterial cells
  • Support the team and projects with experimental work withing protein purification and characterization
  • Contribute to our technology development projects
  • Developing and maintaining laboratory protocols

Desciption of Unit

Protein & Antibody Engineering is a newly established unit and an integrated part of the Medicine Design department, which is responsible for converting new drug targets into large and small biomolecule therapeutics. The unit is tasked with the discovery and antibody engineering incl. novel formats for the treatment of diseases in Orion’s focus areas Oncology and Neurological disorders. We are involved in the projects form the early ideas until delivery of the clinical candidate. The laboratory has a fully equipped protein production facility and a wide range of characterization technologies. Expanding our capabilities and building technologies is essential for us and we are constantly exploring new ideas and implementing new methods, platforms, and technologies. The unit is currently composed of 9 scientists, 1 assistant as well as a handful of students and post doc researchers working with various aspects of protein production and characterization.

We offer

The position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for being part of a small team with a big responsibility in one of Finlands most innovative companies. You will be working with highly motivated people in pharmaceutical industry on versatile projects and be part of building our protein and antibody capabilities for the future of Orion. Constant development and appreciation of personnel are part of our core values and we can offer attractive career development opportunities. The culture of Orion R&D is informal and we enjoy working together.

We strive for excellence in everything we do. We succeed, learn together, and appreciate each other. You’ll be empowered to deliver value.  Please follow this link for Orion’s values.


To succeed in this role you need to:

  • Have good hands-on experience working with cell cultures
  • Have experience working in a clean cell culture laboratory
  • Have hands-on experience working with protein samples
  • Be a motivated team player
  • Be motivated to learn and take on new challenges
  • Have a positive can-do attitude
  • Thrive well in an constantly changing environment

Additional information

Are you the person we are looking for? Please send your CV and application to us by July 5th at the latest.

For more information please contact Rune Salbo, Head of Protein & Antibody Engineering by phone +358 50 966 7718 via email rune.salbo@orionpharma.com.

Join us – together we build well-being and do work that we are proud of!


Approved medical examination which also includes drug testing is required prior to the employment.