Principal Bioinformatics Scientist


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

Want to be part of a business with 22% growth last year? Are you looking to make a real impact on how science can make life-changing discoveries, on how we help life scientists achieve the next breakthrough? Does change and transformation excite you? Are you passionate about bringing bioinformatics to life (pun intended)? Then read on!

As we scale our Bioinformatics capabilities, we have an exciting opportunity for a senior lead in our Machine Learning and Bioinformatics team in Cambridge (UK) and Boston (US).

We work on next-generation solutions to fundamental questions, for example antibody development, cell engineering, etc. At Abcam, we are in a unique position, with strong data and technology offerings, advanced labs and expert teams. We work with internal and external partners, using algorithms and technology we continuously improve in order to scale and accelerate. If you are an enthusiastic and experienced bioinformatician then we look forward to receiving your application and to working with you.

In this role you will:

  • Work in the Machine Learning and Bioinformatics team at the forefront of innovation in life sciences

  • Propose, design, implement, and develop solutions for difficult and complex Bioinformatics applications that will affect life-changing products and services

  • Work on challenging projects and end-to-end Bioinformatics processes

  • Lead projects and engage in long-term strategic planning

  • Supervise and mentor Bioinformatic developers and analysts

  • Collaborate internationally with like-minded and skilled colleagues to identify, plan, develop and deliver production-quality, cloud-based solutions

  • Have the opportunity to grow and develop in a fast-moving company


Please keep in mind that the following description reflects the background we believe would best fit the role. If you are confident that you can ramp up quickly in some of the areas, we would still like to get to know you and look forward to receiving your application!

We would love to hear from people with:

  • Experience in implementing NGS analysis pipelines and developing bioinformatics approaches for DNA and protein sequence analysis

  • Experience in antibody or protein structural modelling and antibody structure-function relationship

  • Experience in immune repertoire sequencing, phage display and other experimental approaches to optimize/engineer properties of antibodies

  • A solid understanding of data and statistical analysis

  • An innovative and growth mindset, you are self-motivated and pro-active, a team player with a can-do attitude, who wants to help and be your brilliant self

  • An ability to rapidly prototype, write and maintain Python code to high quality and performance standards, using Bioinformatics libraries

  • Experience in leading projects and supervising people

  • An interest and endurance in tackling diverse and complex data problems

  • A PhD (or exceptional talent) in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Bio-Medical Engineering, or a related field

  • Five years or more of relevant experience

And we are particularly keen if you also have:

  • Skilled in R and statistical analysis

  • Experience in software development practices

  • Experience in operating in an MLOps environment

  • Familiar with relational databases, data integration and statistical analysis

  • Attention to detail and highest coding standards

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • An ability to work in a dynamic multidisciplinary environment, choosing and learning to use new tools as required

If you would like to be a part of a collaborative team and a fast-paced, growing business with a focus on Machine Learning and Bioinformatics and the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences, please do apply.

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.


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