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Principal Scientist, R&D

Department: Research

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

About the role:

This exciting role will be based in Abcam’s Cambridge R&D group. As a Principal Scientist, you will be expected to suggest, and champion, R&D projects that align with current business objectives. You will provide a wider resource to the company for technical assessment of new business opportunities, interacting with teams across Abcam, locally and globally. In addition, you may be called upon to act as a point of contact for external collaborations, ensuring Abcam meets its commitments. 
This position will, by necessity, operate at the interface between several fields of biology (e.g. molecular biology, immunology) and chemistry; a broad skill set would be desirable. Experience in a supervisory role would also be an advantage.

About R&D at Abcam

The R&D team within Innovation and Manufacturing department (I&M) is based at Abcam HQ in Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, UK. The team is responsible for product development, establishing new assays and evaluating novel technologies. In addition, the team provides general troubleshooting and optimization support to the wider company.

The team offers a dynamic work environment in which priorities and projects can change frequently at short notice. Thus, the candidate must be flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing demands both within their own projects or, if necessary, to support the team’s wider objectives.

The team fosters an open discussion format, which allows the easy flow of ideas and knowledge. It is therefore important that the applicant is technically competent and confident discussing scientific detail in an open forum.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Take a lead role in delivering projects within R&D locally and globally.
  • Manage, track and report on projects for which you are accountable.
  • Provide technical support/advice/input for other projects within Abcam.
  • Provide support and fulfil technical evaluation requests from the wider company.
  • Populate the R&D ideas pool with new technologies/assays/processes that can be evaluated for internal deployment.
  • Regularly report back to the R&D group regarding current projects status and plans.
  • Develop effective relationships across Abcam, working with all departments.

About you

You will hold a PhD in biological sciences (or equivalent) with post-doctoral or industrial experience. You will have broad scientific knowledge gained from experience of working within Life Sciences Industry or academic setting. Additionally, you will have managed R&D projects and/or process development projects. Synthetic biology, Chemistry, Microscopy, or Immunology experience would be advantageous. 

You will have excellent organizational capabilities, with the ability to plan, prioritise, multitask and work to deadlines. In addition, you will be a team player, comfortable building relationships across the business. You will have excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to influence. Proficiency with MS Office is essential, and an advanced knowledge of Excel (including VBA & Macros) would be advantageous.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences please apply now!

About Us

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs. 

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focused on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.