Scientist I/II – Antibody Discovery

Location: Cambridge, UK
Area: Protein Engineering

Scientist I/II – Antibody Discovery

We have a vacancy for an experienced molecular biologist/protein engineer to join our busy Antibody Discovery team in Cambridge (UK).  In this lab-based role you will be working as part of a team on both client-facing and internal R&D projects and will have the opportunity to learn new techniques in a fast-paced but supportive environment.

Abzena provides the most complete set of solutions in integrated early discovery to mid-phase biotherapeutic and ADC drug development services in the pharmaceutical industry.  Working with companies and academic groups globally, including most of the top 20 biopharmaceutical companies, Abzena supports the discovery, development and manufacture of better treatments for patients.

You will have a MSc (or a lower level of qualification and relevant experience) in molecular biology or similar area, ideally with experience in an industrial or commercial environment.  You will have an in-depth understanding of, and practical research experience with biologics and, in particular, antibodies. Required skills include having a broad practical knowledge of mammalian cell culture and aseptic technique. Experience of murine B cell biology, hybridoma culturing, cell line expansion and freezing and handling multiple cell lines in parallel would be advantageous. Other skills such as cell transfection, general molecular biology and protein purification skills would be helpful but not essential. You will be able to work both independently and as part of a team, have good planning and organisational skills and be confident in the use of IT, especially MS Office.

You will be proactive, adaptable and independent, with a high level of autonomy and initiative. You will be expected to have good planning and organisational skills as well as a high level of attention to detail.  In addition, you should be eager to learn and become confident in new techniques and protocols and be able to identify and analyse routine and complex problems and resolve routine issues.

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

Job description

  • To work with the wider team to contribute to antibody discovery programmes, primarily through the application of mammalian (including hybridoma) cell culture expertise.
  • To independently design and carry out routine experiments as necessary
  • To perform more complex science under limited supervision
  • To contribute to the planning/development of complex experiments
  • To prepare data for, and contribute to reports and presentations
  • To attend and contribute to internal meetings
  • To analyse and interpret own data
  • To be responsible for the quality of own work
  • To draft and contribute to Quality and Controlled documents
  • To undertake any other duties relevant to the position and level
  • To manage own work schedule to ensure tasks are met within the expected timeframe
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