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Associate Scientist, Process Development (Upstream)

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


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:

To conduct experimental investigation, with supervision and guidance from colleagues and managers, enabling the advancement of the company pipeline, process, or technology capabilities. 


  • Conducting experiments, observing, interpreting and responding to results.
  • Maintaining and increasing technical knowledge in relevant fields through self-study, observation, attending relevant conferences and training courses.
  • Maintaining accurate records of all work by completing laboratory notebooks on time, following Company procedures
  • Ensuring that laboratory equipment is operated in accordance with safety and risk guidelines; acting promptly to report any faults or problems to the relevant member of staff.
  • Operating in accordance with the Company’s Health and Safety policies, especially within a laboratory environment.
  • Experiments: running pre-established experimental investigations, with guidance from line managers, a mentor or colleagues.
  • Priorities: working to agreed experimental priorities and deadlines; raising issues or concerns with managers or colleagues so that these can be addressed.
  • Technical knowledge: actively developing own knowledge, drawing on the experience of others and self-learning.
  • Laboratory records: ensuring that all records and data are up to date, on time and recorded to the correct standard, checking with a mentor or colleagues if unsure.
  • Laboratory equipment: attending training on the use of technical instruments, using equipment appropriately, correctly and tidily; owning and maintaining assigned pieces of equipment.
  • Health & Safety:  compliance with all H&S requirements, attending appropriate training programmes.
  • Commitment to growing and learning labs skills and scientific theories.
  • May also act as a mentor or manager to other colleagues, especially new hires.



  • Operated in a bench-based microbial, biochemistry, molecular biology, analytical or biopharmaceutical laboratory environment with experience or familiarity in these areas:
    • Routine microbial culture operations.
    • Microbial expression of recombinant proteins.
    • Aseptic techniques.
    • Basic protein biochemistry and/or molecular biology.
    • Competent in the safe use of general laboratory equipment.
  • Recorded results and information in a concise, accurate and timely way as part of studies or in a work environment.
  • Learnt about new practices based through observation, self-learning and an enquiring mind.
  • Worked and contributed actively in a diverse team environment.


  • Mammalian expression.
  • Experience of working with bioreactors.
  • Able to interpret results with minimal guidance.
  • Proficient in general laboratory analysis software.
  • Implemented or influenced best lab practice.
  • Worked in an industrial/biotechnology laboratory environment.


  • Essential: GCSE in mathematics, English and science.
  • Desirable: BSc. or MSc. in protein engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related discipline.

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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