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Senior Scientist Immunohistochemistry (IHC)


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

Company Description

From global research discoveries to clinical breakthroughs – our vision is to become the most influential life sciences company for researchers. If you are motivated by making a real impact to people’s life and have a desire to work in a passionate and diverse community, Abcam is the place for you.

Our culture is driven by our dedicated, agile and audacious community of professionals who are driven by a combined purpose and sense of belonging. We’re incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the top 5 best places to work in the UK for two years running, as per Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award.

Job Description

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled expert in immunohistochemistry to join the IHC group within the Characterisation Team.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about validating high quality antibodies.

The Characterisation Team is part of the Antibody Validation and Characterization Group and plays a key role in the validation and characterization of new high quality antibodies before they are delivered to our customers.

Reporting directly to the IHC team leader the ideal candidate will have significant experience in automated immunohistochemistry using Leica Bond and/or Ventana Discovery systems preferably in an IVD or pharmaceutical GCPL setting. Additionally, you will have a sound knowledge of antibody validation methods, IHC multiplexing and in situ hybridisation.

You will be collaborating with other labs across the world on new products and key research and development. You will have a proven track record of delivering projects with impressive results as well as an ability to teach and mentor others.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure high quality IHC validation of new antibodies.
  • Streamline current processes with a focus on continuous improvements and implementation of new methods.
  • Communicate clearly with project managers and interacting with team leaders, providing delivery dates, updates, and the necessary documentation.
  • Maintain high quality standards within the lab; ensuring the lab is compliant with all external and internal quality standards, including ISO9001
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects to meet timelines
  • Highly effective analytical and problem-solving skills, including excellent attention to detail
  • Line management of junior staff
  • Highly effective analytical and problem-solving skills, including excellent attention to detail


You will be PhD educated in an appropriate subject (or can demonstrate an equivalent level of expertise) with a number of years of experience in an industry or academia setting. You will have extensive practical expertise in immunohistochemistry techniques and image analysis (manual or automated e.g. Visiopharm/Halo).

If you have experience within an IVD or pharmaceutical organisation and/or working under regulatory guidelines, such as GCPL or GLP, that would be great along with multiplexing and in situ hybridisation.

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!

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why we offer all kinds of ways to enable you and your loved ones to be well and live well. You can expect;

  • A culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development. We provide a wide range of training opportunities, for both professional and personal development.
  • The freedom to work in a way that works for you, with a focus on maximising productivity and innovation at work whilst reducing environmental impact.
  • A performance-based share plan, inspiring and rewarding our people as we deliver Abcam’s strategy.
  • Attractive and flexible package including 18 weeks full paid maternity leave and 6 weeks full paid paternity leave, increased holiday allowance over time and much more.

We offer a truly inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. This is underpinned by our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and our partnerships with WORK180 (endorsed employer for women) and MyGwork (LGBT+ professional community). All our positions are open as a Job Share, where two talented professionals can share the responsibility of a full time position. You can declare your interest in a job share role within the application form.

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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