Scientist - Assay Development


Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

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 growth and build our product portfolio, we now has an opportunity for a Scientist to join our team in Waltham, MA, working to develop and optimize enzymatic biochemical and cell based assays for proteins used as kit components within Abcam. Specifically, you will design and execute laboratory experiments, generate, and interpret data to support the development of new assays, and ensure the enzymes function in the context of the kit.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop, optimize, and execute novel enzymatic and cell based assays.
  • Design, develop, implement, and characterize experiments for enzymes used as a kit component
  • Perform tissue culture as required for cell line maintenance.
  • Develop quantitative criteria for product release.
  • Communicate clearly with team members within the Protein Sciences Group, providing delivery dates and the necessary documentation as well as clearly presented data to support ongoing and completed work.
  • Document experiments and procedures in laboratory notebooks, analyzing and presenting experimental data within internal meetings, and participate in the drafting and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Maintain high quality standards within the lab; ensuring the facility is compliant with all internal and external quality standards, including ISO9001 (2015)


You will either have a Master’s degree plus 3 years of experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience, in bioengineering, biochemistry or biology.

You have a proven track-record in industry, thriving in a fast-paced environment with experience performing assays for recombinant proteins. You have a strong working knowledge of protein structure and design in order to engage in conversation with colleagues in those areas in order to troubleshoot your own work.

You will thrive in a fast paced environment and a highly motivated and enthusiastic team player. Your excellent communication skills and problem solving ability will be key to helping the team create and develop new products and reduce our cost of production in this exciting role.

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.

Effective January 1, 2022, all U.S.-based employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID as a condition of employment at Abcam. Employees with a sincerely held religious belief and/or disability impacting their ability to obtain the COVID vaccine can request a reasonable accommodation.


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