Scientist - Biotherapeutics

  • LifeArc
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Closing by 21/2/2020
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Scientist - Antibody Humanisation team - Biotherapeutics


LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients. We are pioneering new ways to turn great science into greater patient impact at LifeArc. We do this by bringing together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases and by directly funding academic and early stage research.  


Job summary

We require an enthusiastic scientist to join our Antibody Humanisation team to produce optimised therapeutic molecules for a range of disease areas using antibody engineering techniques.  You will be a highly motivated individual with experience of working on antibody-based drug discovery projects. The position would suit scientists with excellent attention to detail and communication skills who enjoy working collaboratively as key members of cross-functional project teams. You will be expected to show initiative and drive successful antibody-based drug discovery projects in several therapeutic areas.


The role

You will have in-depth research experience of antibody engineering and characterisation and an understanding of protein structure-function studies. Previous work experience of antibody drug discovery within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, including generation of bi-specifics, would be advantageous.  We are seeking an individual with the skills and personality to become a valuable team member. As such, we are looking for a demonstrated ability to collaborate, both within and outside a team, as well as the adaptability and willingness to take on new roles or tasks to progress projects as priorities change. 

Who you are

The successful candidate must have a proven track record of a range of molecular biology techniques (including PCR, cloning and DNA/RNA isolation), mammalian cell culture and transfection and protein biochemistry skills (including ELISA and FACS). Knowledge of other biochemical and biophysical methods of protein analysis would be an asset. The ability to accurately record, handle and interpret data is essential. You will enjoy thinking “outside the box” and presenting results and ideas in a fast-paced environment. Often working on multiple projects, the position will suit a highly organized individual with excellent time management skills.

We offer an environment that encourages an individual to use their initiative and to learn new skills, with opportunities to use the latest techniques and equipment. Previous work experience of antibody drug discovery including generation of bi-specifics within the pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry would be advantageous. The candidate should have a BSc, Msc or a PhD and suitable work experience.


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. 

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 email your CV and covering letter explaining why you want to work for LifeArc to: or by post to Recruitment, LifeArc, Accelerator Building, Open Innovation Campus, Stevenage, SG1 2FX (electronic applications preferred). 


Closing date: 21st February 2020

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