Scientist - Asset Delivery

  • LifeArc
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Closing by 31/1/2020
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Scientist (Asset Delivery)


LifeArc is an independent life science medical research charity committed to improving positive patient outcomes everywhere. As a champion for human health, LifeArc partners with academic, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and charity organisations to move promising medical research forward into viable and accessible patient treatments. As a charity we are self-funded, re-investing our incomes from developed drugs & diagnostics to support translating research from the bench to patient.

Our Centre for Therapeutics Discovery (CTD) in Stevenage operates at the interface between academic research and the drug discovery industry. We take novel academic targets and generate lead stage small molecules and therapeutic antibodies for indications with unmet medical need.

Job summary:

We require an enthusiastic Scientist to join our Asset Delivery Group. The post holder will provide support for our on-going drug discovery projects. You will work as part of the Biology Group supporting both small molecule and antibody projects, working closely with our Chemistry and Biotherapeutics Groups.

The role:

The role is predominantly lab-based supporting early phase pre-clinical drug discovery projects focusing primarily on supporting compound optimisation and development towards therapeutic candidates. Activities will include working with both small molecules and biologicals spanning our therapeutic areas (Neuroscience, Oncology and Anti-microbials). The role is part of a team developing and routinely performing in vitro plate-based assays to support High Throughput Screening, iterative compound optimisation and later stage/mechanistic profiling. As well as lab-based activities, in which you will access state of the art laboratory equipment and automation, you will become an integral part of multidisciplinary project teams and be given close support to further develop your scientific career.

Who you are:

You will be a BSc qualified scientist (Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or related discipline) with relevant laboratory experience (biotechnology/pharma preferred). You will have an analytical mindset and will be expected to analyse, interpret, summarise and report both routine and more bespoke pharmacological and biochemical analyses. You will have a keen eye for detail and strive to continually improve workstream processes within the Asset Delivery Group and develop a deep understanding of drug discovery processes. Experience of plate-based screening assays and/or Ion channels would be preferable.


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, 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: Friday 31st January 2020

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