Team Leader - Cell Sciences


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

As we continue to grow our product range, we need more amazing people to make sure our products remain the highest quality possible. This is a new and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Team Leader to join the Cell Sciences Team within Validation and Technical Quality (VTQ).

Working closely with the Characterisation team, the Cell Sciences team is responsible for generating cellular material for validation of a variety of Abcam’s products and is a key part of delivering Abcam’s goals and values.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Direct line management of a small team of scientists, currently 6 at various levels.
  • Provide scientific and technical leadership to the team, ensuring on-time delivery of quality cell line material to our internal stakeholders, optimisation of cell culture techniques and establishment of new cell models.
  • Monitor and report on key performance metrics and implement initiatives to drive improvements.
  • Work with Global Cell Sciences teams to ensure alignment of procedures and best practices across all sites.
  • Contribute to projects and initiatives as required within the Validation and Technical Quality group and effectively communicate with various stakeholders on the projects
  • Lead, coach, mentor and develop the team.


You will have strong leadership skills with experience of managing a team. You will have a PhD in Life Sciences or a related subject with at least 5 years of laboratory experience, or BSc/MSc with at least 8 years of laboratory experience. You will be proficient in culturing mammalian cells with a firm understanding of cell biology principles, literature, and methods along with experience in cell signaling. You will have experience of working with cell lines in an industrial setting with a good understanding of the typical workloads, challenges and bottlenecks that may be encountered. This will be underpinned by your experience with antibody validation.

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 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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