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Head of Custom Solutions – Antibody Profiling (12 Month FTC)

Department: SC&M Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom



  • Support the work of the commercial teams to provide detailed technical advice and project scoping for prospective and existing customers requiring the development of bespoke antibody reagents for use in a variety of applications, including diagnostic and therapeutic programmes



  • Have a good understanding of therapeutics such as antibodies, small molecules and vaccines and ideally emerging areas such as CAR-T and AAV gene therapy and how Abcam’s Custom offering can support customers




  • Use your expertise to advise customers at key project decision points to ensure project progression.  Support internal team in complex technical and strategic discussions with our customers and partners.


  • Actively build a collaborative environment within Custom Solution teams, establishing global working relationships and interacting with cross functional groups in a productive manner


  • Champion appropriate technology strategies/priorities in order to achieve sustainable competitive advantage


  • Provide training to other scientists within the organisation


  • Assist in developing, and role modelling of a safe and efficient working environment in the Laboratory, to ensure the safety of your colleagues and visitors.  Ensure group members abide by Laboratory SOPs and H&S, Ethical and Quality policies






Essential skills

  • Extensive work experience with monoclonal antibody generation and screening techniques


  • Use of High-throughput (HT) systems, including requisite implementation and robotic programming experience

  • Experience of designing Ab discovery screening cascades to deliver against Ab profile (e.g. therapeutic from discovery to pre-clinical)


  • Knowledge of using recombinant antibody technologies and associated screening techniques



  • A track record of delivering successful innovation projects and products

  • Commercial experience in Biotech/Pharma industry

  • Expertise in multiple screening techniques, including homogenous assays.

  • Wide knowledge of antibody applications (e.g. IHC, ICC, Flow, ChIP) and how these are used in the commercial sector

  • Expertise in monoclonal antibody discovery using hybridoma, B cell cloning, phage display and NGS technologies

  • Excellent organisational capabilities

  • Strong project management (for example, learnt from progression of discovery through to candidate therapeutic Ab)

  • Ability to prioritise and multitask

  • Strong verbal & written communication skills