Associate Scientist and Scientist

  • LifeArc
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Closing by 4/6/2021
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Role - Associate Scientist and Scientist multiple positions available

Location - Stevenage

Interview – Virtual Assessment Centres will be held on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th June 2021.  

LifeArc is a self-funded medical charity, with four licenced medicines, a diagnostics test developed by our scientists and an unwavering ambition to positively impact patient needs.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of LifeArc might just provide the perfect fit for you.

Our purpose is to advance early science into health care treatments and diagnostics, that can be taken through to full development – and made available to patients as quickly as possible. We have our own drug discovery and diagnostics development facilities, supporting our science strategy to transform the way patients are diagnosed, treated, and supported.

We know the key to success is collaboration. That’s why we partner with medical research charities, research organisations, industry, academic scientists, and many organisations. Bridging the gap between patient need and novel scientific opportunity is what motivates us. And LifeArc does this through integrating its three core translational offerings – spanning science, advice, and external funding.

We’re looking to recruit up to five Biology trained individuals to help us realise our 2030 ambition. People who are highly motivated, have a passion for early preclinical therapeutic discovery and want to make a difference within the drug discovery process. You’ll work on both small molecule and antibody-based projects, working collaboratively as key members of cross functional project teams across several therapeutic areas.

The roles:

These roles are predominantly lab-based working within our expert science teams. You’ll support a diverse range of activities including Antibody and Small Molecule Discovery, Antibody Engineering, Biophysical screening and characterisation, Pharmacological/Biochemical compound optimisation, Target Validation and Cellular Profiling.

We want people:

·       Who can handle data; collating, analysing, interpreting, recording and reporting

·       Keen to contribute; you’ll be part of highly motivated multi-disciplinary project teams

·       With scientific creativity: you see a problem and you’ll find a way to solve it and present your results

·       With a demonstrable ability to collaborate, both within and outside your team

·       Ideally with previous work experience within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry (preferrable, but not a dealbreaker)

·       Who can think and work on their feet and be able to adapt and take on new roles and tasks to accommodate changing priorities

·       Who work to industry standards

We want our staff to work in an environment that gives them the confidence needed to use their initiative. To learn new skills and how to use the latest cutting-edge technologies and equipment. This is why we will offer training and support to develop you personally and scientifically.

Who you are likely to be:

Associate Scientists: you will be a graduate (BSc; Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Immunology or related discipline) with some relevant laboratory experience, potentially gained as part of an industrial placement or internship (biotechnology/pharma/biomedical charity preferred).

Scientists: you will typically be an MSc graduate with experience or an early career PhD, have a track record in biomedical research, a clear understanding of drug discovery and the potential impact on healthcare.  Ideally, you will also have experience of working in an industry environment as part of your first or second degree.

We are looking to recruit scientists with key skill sets. If you possess some of the following combinations, you could be exactly what we’re looking for:

·       Molecular Biology techniques (including PCR, cloning, site directed mutagenesis and DNA/RNA isolation)

·       Mammalian cell culture techniques – clonal and primary/hIPSC cells, transfections

·       Gene-editing technologies

·       Cell Biology including functional and cell-based assay design, development, and execution

·       Protein production and purification including a range of protein expression systems - mammalian, E. coli, yeast

·       Structural biology associated methods

·       Biophysical techniques - SPR, ITC, Tm shift

·       Running ELISA and flow cytometry experiments

·       Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques


Your salary will be determined by qualifications and experience. In addition, LifeArc offers a defined contribution pension scheme, private health insurance, a flexible benefits scheme and 31 days paid holiday per year plus public holidays.

LifeArc is committed to the principles and practices of equal opportunities and to encouraging the establishment of a diverse workforce. It is our policy to employ individuals on the basis of their suitability for the work to be performed and their potential for development, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief.  This includes creating a culture that fully reflects our commitment to equal opportunities for all. 

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format) which explain why you want to work for LifeArc and highlights any laboratory experience you have. Click the application link below to the Kelly Services portal – LifeArc’s recruitment partners – where you can find more details of the application process.  


Virtual Assessment Centres will be held on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th June 2021.  

Closing date: Friday 4th June 2021


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