Associate Scientist - Bioassay - Abzena

Associate Scientist – Bioassay

Location: Cambridge, UK
Area: Bioassay

We have a vacancy for an associate scientist to join our Bioassay group in Cambridge (UK) site. In this role you will work as part of a team on client-facing projects and have the opportunity to learn new techniques in a fast-paced but supportive environment.

Abzena provides the most complete set of solutions in integrated discovery to mid-phase biotherapeutic and ADC drug development services in the pharmaceutical industry. Working with a diverse range of customers from academic groups, small biotech and big pharma on a diverse range of drug types from antibodies, fusion proteins and bioconjugates, Abzena supports the development and manufacture of better treatments for patients.

At Abzena we recognise the importance of learning within teams and actively encourage staff to coach and mentor others, and pass on knowledge and develop the skills of our staff.

In return, we can offer you a competitive salary and benefits package and a collaborative, varied and challenging environment where you will be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone and develop your career.

The Associate Scientist role will involve working as part of the Bioassay group in order to test therapeutic proteins in a range of assays, with a focus on ELISA and pre-clinical immunogenicity assays. The work will involve isolating, maintaining and passaging both primary cells and cell lines, and setting up biochemical (e.g. ELISA) and cell-based assays (e.g. proliferation). The role will also include the evaluation and preparation of data for inclusion in reports and presentations. The selected candidate will be expected to be able to demonstrate an ability to design and carry out routine experiments with limited supervision, and to manage their own time effectively. The candidate will be responsible for the quality of their own work and should be able to demonstrate a strong work ethic and good attention to detail. Opportunities will arise to contribute to more complex experiments and to develop a wide range of skills.

The ideal candidate will be expected to have:

  • A good first degree (minimum 2:2) in a life science subject or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of working in R&D environment, with an appreciation of the research environment in industry would be an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of cell biology, oncology or immunology, ideally with experience of working with biologics.
  • Previous tissue culture experience and good aseptic technique.
  • Of particular interest would be any experience with ELISA and/or primary blood cells handling.
  • Additional experience of biological assays performed using plate-based assays, flow cytometry or fluorescence microscopy would be an advantage.
  • An ability to approach experimental planning in a logical and scientific manner, and carry out routine experiments, including data analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage their own time effectively and produce work of a high quality within defined timeframe.
  • Be a committed team player able to work well within small teams or individually as well as contribute to the wider group.
  • Excellent ICT skills including familiarity with specialist software as necessary.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.


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