Scientist - Flow Cytometry/Immunoassay 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

Are you a dynamic and motivated individual with a passion for advancing the field of immunoassays and antibody development? Join Abcam, a leading name in the life sciences and diagnostics industry, at our Waltham, MA location. We are searching for a talented individual to be part of our team and lead the development, optimization, and implementation of groundbreaking approaches in immunoassays, with a particular emphasis on Flow Cytometry. In this role, you will play a pivotal part in generating antibodies, particularly rare cell isolations, and validating recombinant antibodies. You'll report directly to the Head of Immunology Research & Innovation and collaborate within a cross-functional team dedicated to revolutionizing workflow solutions, enabling us to expand our antibody portfolio with an unwavering commitment to quality.

To excel in this position, you should bring a solid knowledge base in antibody development and expertise in manipulating assay formats for selection and validation, with a strong background in Flow Cytometry assay development, particularly in Multi-Colored Flow sorting. Success in this role demands a proven track record of turning innovative ideas into reality.

In your day-to-day activities, you'll be responsible for establishing immunoassay validation criteria, optimizing Flow Cytometry, HTRF, and ELISA approaches for challenging cell-based targets, creating SOPs, delivering comprehensive technology transfer training, and assessing potential solutions from the broader scientific landscape. Collaboration and interaction with all functions within the Research & Innovation team, as well as multinational New Product Development teams, will be integral to your success.

This role provides an exceptional platform for personal and professional growth within an industry-leading company, with the potential to make a substantial impact on the field of life sciences and medical research.

The role involves:

  • Propose innovative solutions to address workflow gaps and mitigate risks, with a strong emphasis on Flow Cytometry expertise.
  • Develop, optimize, and integrate immunoassays for both screening and validation needs within a rapidly evolving development workflow, with a focus on Flow Cytometry.
  • Act as a technical leader to implement proposed solutions, particularly in the context of Flow Cytometry, and address workflow gaps and risks.
  • Establish stringent controls and quality checks for immunoassay protocols currently in use, with specific attention to Flow Cytometry protocols.
  • Proactively troubleshoot immunoassays to enhance efficiency and capability improvements, giving priority to Flow Cytometry procedures.
  • Stay updated with the latest developments in literature, software, analysis tools, industry methods, and instrumentation, with a special emphasis on Flow Cytometry, to support project execution and decision-making.


The ideal candidate for this position should possess a PhD or an equivalent Master's Degree accompanied by relevant experience. They should have a minimum of 3 years of practical laboratory experience in the development of antibodies and immunoassays, with a particular emphasis on expertise in flow cytometry, including Multi-Color flow sorting and rare cell analysis/isolation. Furthermore, the candidate should have a background in other immunoassay development methods such as ELISA, HTRF, bioassays, and various readout technologies for antibody validation.

Demonstrated success in seeing projects through from the conceptual stage to completion is essential. The candidate should also exhibit strong organizational skills, an ability to work effectively within deadlines, and adept prioritization abilities. Additional requirements include consultative, analytical, and problem-solving skills, keen judgment in defining crucial project parameters in a fast-evolving environment, and the flexibility to manage rapid changes.

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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