In vivo Research Assistant – Orion Oyj, Turku



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.

Description of position

Orion’s Immuno-Oncology (IO) research team is looking to recruit an in vivo Research Assistant to join our newly established IO team on permanent basis. In this newly established role, you will contribute to the in vivo studies and unit’s technical excellence coupled with being responsible for supporting IO Research Scientist for in vivo experiments and ensuring the highest standard of testing environment. In addition, tasks include supporting also other in vivo studies performed within Oncology Research department.

The responsibilities of this role include the following (including, but not limited to);

  • Ensuring the health and welfare of animals in accordance with the local rules and regulations.
  • Performing a wide range of pharmacological in vivo techniques complying with the local Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and the associated Codes of Practice for the Housing and Care of the Animals used in Scientific Procedures.
  • Assisting in planning and conducting experimental treatment studies in in vivo disease models.
  • Performing pre-clinical in vivo studies according to the scientist’s guidance, study plans, and Standard Operating Procedure(s) (SOP).
  • Performing in vivo studies to test novel drugs’ safety, tolerability, PK/PD, efficacy and mechanism of action studies in tumor and non-tumor bearing rodents.
  • Maintaining high quality, accurate records in accordance with the appropriate regulatory standards.
  • Working in close collaboration with scientists, other in vivo technicians and animal caretakers on a daily basis.
  • Working unsupervised with support from management regularly.
  • Participating in occasional weekend and holiday cover for the in vivo unit.
  • Supporting in vivo needs across the Oncology research organization.

Description of Unit
Immuno-Oncology (IO) is a newly established team and one of three Research teams in Orion’s Oncology R&D. IO team is accountable for novel drug discovery projects, identification and validation of potential IO drug targets with state-of-the-art laboratories and tech­no­lo­gies.

We Offer

We offer you the opportunity to show your talent in one of the most innovative* companies in Finland. You get a chance to work in a challenging field of work with excellent colleagues. You will also have the chance to do meaningful work and build the future of Orion. We are striving for excellence in everything we do. We succeed, learn together and appreciate each other. You’ll be empowered to deliver value. Read more about our values!


To be a successful in vivo Research Assistant, ideally you should have the following educational and professional work experiences:

  • A suitable degree such as biotechnology engineer, medical laboratory technologist, biomedical laboratory scientist or laboratory technician or in related discpline.
  • Basic knowledge on pharmacology as well as practical experience on experimental pharmaceutical research.
  • Qualification for carrying out procedures on animals is mandatory.
  • Concrete hands-on experience working within an animal laboratory facility.
  • Strong in vivo research experience especially using mouse syngeneic and xenograft tumor models.
  • Technical competence that includes rodent handling, injections (IV, IP, SC, and PO), palpation, bleeding, tissue harvest and ex vivo analysis methods.
  • Competency in use of standard office software.
  • Ability to carry out routine tasks and procedures under instruction and organise own daily tasks.
  • Excellent attention to details with strong communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new techniques as a member of the research team.

Additional information

Please send your application in English by 6th December 2020 at the latest.

For further information, please contact Dr Anil Thotakura, Head of Immuno-oncology, +358 50 966 7229 during the following hours: Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th November between 4pm – 5pm or Wednesday 2nd December between 4pm – 5pm.

We kindly inform that we may start discussions with the most suitable candidates already during the application period, and the position will be filled as soon as we find a suitable candidate.

*the winner of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland’s Innovation Prize for 2020 is Orion Pharma.