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Scientist (Process Development)

91 Park Drive, Milton Park, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RY, UK

SCIENTIST (PROCESS DEVELOPMENT)

Join a pioneering biotech with a collegial atmosphere and a passion for harnessing every individual’s unique set of skills in our fight against disease.

At Immunocore, we have a vision to transform the way we understand and treat the most challenging medical conditions of our time, including cancer, autoimmune disorders and infection. In January 2022, in the U.S., we launched the world’s first T-cell receptor therapy, built on a novel technology designed to overcome the limitations of our natural immune systems.

Joining us at the most exciting time in our history, you will be part of a team that values trust and innovation, and that cherishes different ways of thinking.

The Role:

The main purpose of the role is to support candidate drugs through the transition from discovery pipeline to CMC process optimisation and on to manufacturing. To conduct experimental investigation with some guidance from managers, enabling the advancement of the company pipeline, process, or technological capabilities.

Responsibilities: 

  • Experiments: Running pre-established lines or areas of investigation, seeking guidance and support from colleagues and line managers when results are unusual, or the approaches may need to be reconsidered.
  • Priorities: Planning and working to agreed experiment deadlines, schedules, and objectives; alerting managers and colleagues to risks and deviations that may impact meeting the goals, so that these can be addressed.
  • Technical knowledge: Actively developing own knowledge, drawing on the experience of others and self-learning; practising, and sharing acquired skills that may benefit the team with colleagues and managers.
  • Laboratory records: Ensuring that all records and information are up to date, on time and recorded to the correct standard; seeking support when uncertain on how to complete these satisfactorily.
  • Laboratory equipment: Attending training on the use of technical instruments; using equipment appropriately; owning and maintaining assigned pieces of equipment.
  • Reporting: Presenting research, data, and findings to colleagues at group/department team meetings.
  • Health & Safety: Complying with all H&S requirements; attending appropriate training programmes.
  • Writing and following experimental protocols and writing reports.
  • May also act as a mentor or manager to other colleagues, especially new hires.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Worked in a bench-based laboratory environment, ideally within the biopharmaceutical field, gaining experience with:
    • Common molecular biology techniques
    • Recombinant protein expression and purification from bacterial or mammalian cell culture.
    • Protein chromatography, and the operation of protein chromatography systems (e.g., ÄKTApure).
    • Protein characterisation techniques such as SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, and Biacore SPR.
  • Presented detailed scientific findings and papers to internal and external audiences.
  • Mentored and coached less experienced colleagues in scientific practices and theory.
  • Existing knowledge of upstream or downstream bioprocessing would be an advantage.

Education and Qualifications:

  • You will need a degree in Life Sciences or a related discipline.
  • PhD or MSc in a relevant scientific area.
  • Relevant postgraduate experience working in an industrial or academic setting.

Lead with Science and Discover What is Within:

  • We Value Entrepreneurship and Diversity
  • Respect, Trust, and Integrity
  • Competitive compensation
  • Private medical and dental benefits.
  • 25 days Annual Leave and Bank Holidays
  • 4x Salary Life Insurance
  • 5% Pension Match
  • Income Protection
  • Parental Leave

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