Porton Biopharma has approximately 300 staff in a wide range of roles from those working in our pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, through to our quality and scientific development groups.  All focused on developing & manufacturing life-saving products that make a real difference to patients’ lives.

We are always looking for people, ranging from those with a general interest in science & technology, to ones with higher qualifications and/or experience.

This currently includes various vacancies for pharmaceutical production staff and supervisors to support our continued growth.  So if you are a motivated person who is interested in working in a high-tech environment as part of a dynamic team, then there could be a role for you.







A friendly environment working alongside committed teams of people, who will be happy to share their knowledge and experience to allow you to develop your potential, with benefits that include:

  • a competitive salary
  • the necessary training
  • a pension scheme
  • 30 days annual leave
  • a canteen, gym and an active sports & social club
  • free on-site parking

With ongoing investment into the company and plans to increase our workforce, we are committed to being a leading life-science company that really makes a difference to patients’ lives.

To see the sort of  people that we ‘re looking for, the  Staff Profiles page has short interviews with current staff giving an overview of just some of our roles.


PBL only accept CV’s from Recruitment Agencies with whom we have agreed Terms & Conditions.

A list of our current vacancies shown below.

To apply for a specific vacancy applicants should  send a covering letter quoting the Job Reference Number, a copy of their CV, together with a supporting statement referring to both the Job Description and Person Specification.

However, we also welcome applications from people with transferable skills that are looking for that next challenge and to develop their career.  To be considered for up-and-coming roles please send a covering letter indicating why you want to join PBL and in which area your career aspirations lie (Engineering  / Production  / Quality etc.),  along with a CV detailing your skills and experience which we can keep on file for when a suitable position becomes available.

All applications should be sent to and you will be contacted either shortly after the closing date, or when we have suitable positions.


As a business, we recognise the value that offering work-experience placements can bring and typically offer up to 4  one-week placements each year, usually in June.   All applicants must be over 16 years of age at the time of the placement, and will be chosen following a selection process.

If you are interested in applying, then send an email and covering letter stating your interest and giving reasons why we should choose you to  Applications must be received by the end of November in order to be considered for the following summer’s places.


Production Technician Ref: PBL363

Salary: Circa £17,000

Closing Date: 4th May 2018

Reference Number: PBL363

We are looking for applicants should hold GCSEs (Grades A-C) in Maths, English and Science or GNVQ equivalent plus relevant work experience. You should have an interest in microbiology and the enthusiasm to pursue a career working in pharmaceuticals. You will have the ability to keep clear and accurate records and to follow written procedures. You will have good communication skills with a flexible approach to work.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.

To download the job description please click here

QA Database Manager & QC Systems Administrator Ref: PBL362

Salary: Circa £34,000

Closing Date: 5th May 2018

Reference Number: PBL362

We are looking for a motivated individual who with in-depth knowledge of the administration of GMP QC electronic systems and who has extensive knowledge of access. The successful candidate will be experienced in the validation of electronic systems in the pharmaceutical industry and will be able capable of organising their own workload to work to tight deadlines.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.


To download the job description please click here

Validation Technologist (Fermentation) PBL 361

Salary: Circa £27,000

Closing Date: 11th May 2018

Reference Number: PBL 361

We are looking for a person with proven hands-on validation experience, able to perform thermal mapping studies and write protocols and reports.  A sound knowledge of the Validation Life cycle and documentation deliverables is an essential requirement.

Porton Biopharma, Porton Down has approximately 330 staff, performing a range of process and analytical development, production, quality control and quality assurance roles associated with the development and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals.

The department carries out the manufacture of Erwinase and Anthrax Vaccine, as well as contract manufacturing projects.

Job Purpose / Summary.

The purpose of this role is to take the lead to execute validation activities relating to Fermenters, Utilities and Sterilisation systems. This will involve coordination with Engineering, Production, QC and QA departments to ensure a timely delivery of the qualification report. The post holder may be expected to supervise contractor resource where appropriate with responsibility to ensure adequate training and supervision is provided.

The post holder will be required to write, review and where appropriate approve validation reports prior to execution, followed by report generation. The scope of the work will involve the qualification of Fermeters, Autoclaves, Hot air ovens, HVAC systems, clean rooms, compressed gasses, Wfi, Purified water and Clean steam systems.

In addition to Fermenter, Utilities and Sterilisation validation activities the post holder will be expected to undertake any related validation activities deemed necessary by line management. This could include the generation of validation documentation in accordance with the full validation life cycle for equipment, utilities and facilities.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the job description/person specification as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.

To download the job description please click here

Flexible Working opportunities

Salary: dependant

Reference Number: PBL flexi

We are offering part-time opportunities to people who can contribute to the manufacturing of our life-saving products by providing general cleaning and support activities in our pharmaceutical production facilities, on a part-time basis.

We are looking to put together a team  and are considering what we can offer as an employer, so if you would like to contribute to our success and believe that you could play your part then we would like to hear from you.  Please send us a covering letter providing details of your typical availability and g quoting refrence PBL flexi.

Production Technician Ref: PBL223

Salary: Circa £17,000

Reference Number: PBL223

We are looking for applicants that have GCSE in Maths, English and Science. In addition, candidates should be educated to a minimum of NVQ level 2 in a relevant subject or have significant equivalent proven experience. They should have an interest in working within a manufacturing environment and with the Quality systems associated with cGMP manufacture. Candidates should be able to communicate clearly, possessing good writing and data entry skills. Lastly applicants should have a flexible approach to work, be able to work effectively as part of a team, and be proactive and able to work on their own initiative when required.


To download the job description please click here