Research Associate( 12 Month Fixed Term)


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 significant product growth, we are now looking for a Research Associate to join our inhouse manufacturing team here in Cambridge on a 12 month fixed term contract. This is a lab-based role where you will be working closely with other Purification & Conjugation team members. You will be responsible for performing a wide range of purification techniques as well as preparing antibody and peptide conjugates to a broad range of labels, producing high quality results to hit high throughput targets, and assisting with the day to day running of the Lab.

Key duties:

  • Support the team in their lab work, ensuring that all production work is carried out to high quality standards. Identify when specifications are missed and report these situations.
  • Carry out purification and conjugation processes to deliver completed experiments in line with production schedules.
  • Develop effective relationships across a variety of different teams within Abcam.
  • Ensure compliance with Quality policies, SOPs and Health and Safety procedures.
  • Contribute to the housekeeping tasks within the Purification & Conjugation Lab areas.
  • Keep stakeholders informed and up-to-date by sharing all relevant information and take part in cross team discussions, including presenting data to stakeholders and influencing outcomes through actions.


You will have a degree in biological sciences or equivalent practical experience within a laboratory with the ability to use life science laboratory techniques. You understand the fundamental science behind protein purification (Affinity, SEC, IEX, HIC) and conjugation techniques. You will have experience in pipetting and some materials handling in a lab environment and able to work to deadlines.

You have the ability to work precisely and to follow both written and verbal instructions whilst maintaining accurate and detailed records together with excellent communication skills. You are an enthusiastic team player, highly self-motivated, hardworking, have excellent organizational capabilities and deliver results consistently to a high-standard in a fast-paced environment. Any experience using AKTA chromatography systems, including Unicorn method writing/ editing would be an advantage.

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.