Scientist II – Bioassay - Abzena

Scientist II – Bioassay

Location: Cambridge, UK
Area: Bioassay

We have a vacancy for a Scientist to join the Bioassay group at our 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 from integrated discovery to mid-phase biotherapeutic and ADC drug development services in the pharmaceutical industry. Working with a varied range of customers from academic groups, small biotech and big pharma and 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, passing on their knowledge and expanding their skills.

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 Scientist role will involve working as part of the Bioassay group to test therapeutic proteins in a range of biological 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, cytotoxicity, internalization, signalling, immunophenotyping, cytokine release). The role will also include the evaluation and preparation of data for inclusion in reports and presentations. The selected candidate will be expected to independently design and carry out routine experiments and to perform more complex science under limited supervision. As well as being responsible for the quality of their own work the candidate will mentor junior staff helping them to develop their own technical skills.

The ideal candidate will be expected to have:

  • Masters or PhD degree in a life science subject, OR Lower level of qualification AND extensive relevant experience.
  • Experience of working in an R&D environment (either academia or industry) in the field of cell biology, oncology or immunology, and a good understanding of the research environment in industry.
  • Extensive experience of tissue cell culture and excellent sterile techniques.
  • Previous experience with designing and troubleshooting cell-based assays.
  • Experience of biological assays performed using fluorescence or luminescence plate-based assays, flow cytometry or fluorescence microscopy.
  • Ability to identify and analyse routine and complex problems and issues, have a high level of attention to detail, be proactive and independent.
  • Be a committed team player able to work well within small teams or individually as well as contribute to the wider group.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.


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