Associate Scientist 12 Month fixed term contract


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

Due to maternity leave, we are looking for an Associate Scientist to join the Conjugation Development Platform in our Cambridge headquarters. This is an exciting opportunity to explore and develop new conjugation tools and products used by Life Science and Diagnostic Companies.

The right candidate will be responsible for undertaking the planning and execution of a variety of conjugation projects, with a special focus on antibody-oligo labelling, to support and drive the expansion of new projects for the partnerships program within the Conjugation Development Platform.

Within this role, the candidate will be part of a small team of scientists and collaborating with other groups across the organisation such as Supply Chain, Logistics, Manufacturing, Program Management, Quality Assurance and Business Development.

The ideal candidate will have experience in antibody conjugation, problem-solving, analysis and reporting data to clients. The candidate will contribute to the bespoke design and development of antibody-oligo conjugation, with the opportunity to explore other labels and chemistries. The main responsibilities will be:

  • Antibody conjugation and purification.
  • Developing and improving workflows related to antibody conjugation, purification and characterisation.
  • Work autonomously and plan, analyse and critically evaluate experimental results, with attention to detail
  • Focused on achieving team goals, prioritize and troubleshoot to complete assignments successfully
  • Complete project tasks in a timely and efficient manner
  • Communicate experimental results effectively to the team, major stakeholders, and clients
  • Maintain excellent laboratory records
  • Draft and execute standard operating procedures
  • Contribute to colleague’s technical development within technical transfer whenever needed


You will have a PhD in a life sciences field or a MSc/BSc and can demonstrate a relevant level of experience in industry. You will have theoretical and practical expertise in bioconjugation and/or protein purification. FPLC Hands-on experience is essential and HPLC experience is an advantage.

You have great attention to detail and thrive on collaborating with other teams across the globe along with being able to multi-task and prioritise your work. You are experienced in liaising with stakeholders to anticipate and accommodate their needs and have excellent organisational skills to meet strict deadlines.

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 includes18 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.