Senior Scientist, Early Development Group

Oxford BioMedica (UK) Limited
Closing date
8 Aug 2019

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R & D , Scientific
Full Time
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Oxford BioMedica is a pioneer of gene and cell therapy and our work is helping to deliver life changing treatments.

Gene and cell therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells, providing long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases. With the potential to transform medicine, the sector holds significant promise with the first commercial products now launched and others rapidly approaching the market.

We are currently looking to recruit a Senior Scientist within our Early Development Group.  Oxford Biomedica’s Preclinical Studies Group is expanding its therapeutic portfolio and looking to recruit an experienced scientist to support the development of our preclinical programme. The Preclinical Studies Group manages a portfolio of projects which are conducted with CROs and academic collaborators. The Company has a platform of exclusive and pioneering technologies on which are designed, developed and manufactured unique gene- and cell-based medicines.

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled scientist with particular experience in preclinical testing in animal models of disease and/or viral vectored gene therapies to work within our dynamic, research-orientated group. In this office based role, the successful candidates will be involved in:

  • Managing preclinical studies to test gene therapy products for therapies currently under development.
  • Initiating and developing new studies
  • Identifying and developing new disease targets for our gene therapy products.

Key skills and requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent in relevant bioscience (e.g. virology, molecular and/or cellular biology) and have several years’ post-doctoral experience in academia or industry demonstrated by a strong publication record.
  • Experience working with animal models of disease
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and execute projects to aggressive timelines with the ability to adapt to rapid changes in project priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Expertise in lentiviral vector gene therapies a distinct advantage.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Lead/manage preclinical research in the disease pipeline.
  • Development of new targets for gene therapy.
  • Independently manage daily research activities and support junior members of staff.
  • Support other members of the group and wider the Research Group as required.

Person Specification:

  • Knowledge and experience of animal models of disease and/or viral vector based therapies.
  • Knowledge and experience in one of the following areas would be an advantage: neurology, ocular and oncology.
  • A highly motivated, enthusiastic, positive attitude.
  • Ability to demonstrate (by peer-reviewed publications) the ability to work independently and with a good understanding of the field they are working within.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting and when appropriate, ensure others are able to perform the tasks to the benefit of the team’s objectives. 

No agencies please

About us

We are a pioneering gene therapy business, and our mission is delivering life-changing gene therapies to patients.  We work together, motivated to make a difference, and so can you.

We are pioneers; no one else does what we do

Gene therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells. It is transforming medicine as we know it; long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases are now possible.

We are at the forefront of this exciting area. We have a strong reputation in gene therapy, with world-leading expertise in lentiviral vectors. We have a leading, integrated platform of exclusive technologies to design, develop and bioprocess unique gene-based medicines, both in-house and with partners.

We drive credible science to realise incredible results.

Whether you’re motivated by the discovery and development of product candidates within Research, or by cutting edge tools and technologies including AI and automation of our contract development and manufacturing organisation, we can offer you a career like no other. We are excited about our future. Join us and change lives.

Life at Oxford Biomedica

We value everyone’s unique contribution, we appreciate everyone’s individuality, and every job matters.

Your contributions are recognised and appreciated. Your work-life balance matters. We recognise, develop and use your strengths. It’s a place where you are valued as a whole person, as an individual and as part of a team.

No matter who you are, or what you do, your work will make a significant difference.

We go the extra mile, every day, because we truly care. We work together as a team to achieve our life changing therapies. Our talented colleagues help to build other people’s futures, so can you. We empower each other to be our best.

We have access to like-minded scientists and engineers, working in the latest technologies.

Our community of experts create new life-saving cures. Shaping the business’ future through collaboration. Our people are on a continuous professional development journey aided by a thought-provoking environment. A place for experts to be stretched, and future experts to be nurtured. We inspire creativity and deliver great science, and so can you.

Our supportive culture invites talent, while creating future innovators.

We’ll give you a place where you can learn, grow and contribute to the future of cell and gene therapy. We create opportunities and invest in our people, promoting ongoing learning.  Our defined career pathways provide opportunities for everyone to achieve their career potential.  We make a difference, and so can you.

Contact Us
  • Windrush Court
  • Transport Way
  • OX4 6LT
  • United Kingdom
  • +44 (0) 1865 783 000
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