Associate Analytical Scientist

Job Details:

A bit about the role:

We are seeking a keen, self-motivated Associate Analytical Scientist with a passion to apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of analytical challenges. This role sits within a lab-based team, responsible for the development of analytical methods to support and enhance LifeArc’s diverse project portfolio across the small molecule, antibody, and novel modalities space.The Associate Scientist will support research projects under the able direction of the appropriate supervisor, perform specialist and non-routine experiments, and have an appreciation of the scientific rationale of the assigned project(s). Responsibilities include performing mass spectrometry guided purification to support our medicinal chemistry team, maintaining analytical LC-MS facilities, and conducting routine characterisation of antibodies and other proteins.Under supervision and direction:

  • Conduct experimental research in assigned area using established methodology
  • Recommend and implement modifications as required, following approval
  • Summarise and interpret raw data
  • Initiate the investigation of problems and contribute to solutions
  • Undertake analysis of experimental results and develop hypotheses
  • Maintain awareness of relevant current scientific literature and developments
  • Provide verbal and written reports/presentations internally when required
  • Maintain laboratory notebooks and other data to company standards
  • Maintain assigned equipment to company standards
  • Perform all work demonstrating due care and attention to all internal processes and procedures including all health and safety and COSHH regulations
  • Work closely with colleagues and provide help and assistance wherever possible
  • Complete other tasks as reasonably directed by supervisor
  • Design simple experiments, based on experience and LifeArc methodologies
  • Demonstrate and maintain knowledge in own area of expertise and apply it to the successful execution of experiments
  • Solve routine problems and develop solutions
  • Create guidelines/standards of practice for assigned equipment use where necessary
  • Raise purchase orders as required

About you:

Education & experience required:

  • BSc/MSc or equivalent experience in analytical chemistry/chemistry or related discipline

Skills & abilities:

  • Strong theoretical knowledge of HPLC
  • Good understanding of mass spectrometry
  • Basic knowledge of medicinal chemistry principles and the drug discovery process
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team to conduct, analyse and report on experiments to a high standard
  • Ability to prioritise workload and coordinate with colleagues
  • Strong attention to detail and intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Hands-on experience of MS-guided purification systems
  • Hands-on experience of analytical LC-MS systems
  • Knowledge of antibodies and other proteins, and techniques used for their analysis and characterization
  • Industrial or academic lab experience

About us:

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures.

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that can improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward.

What we can offer you:

Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience along with other exceptional benefits. Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays.

Join us, and you’ll have the scope to be creative and take measured risks. You’ll be rewarded for your curiosity, for working as one team, and for learning fast. And you’ll have everything you need to be your best every day.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds, for example, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At LifeArc we are dedicated in building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Our top priority is finding the best candidate and you may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

We all have potential. At LifeArc, you’ll discover what you can really do with it.

For the right candidate, we will consider relocation and visa sponsorship.

Job Category: Others
Job Type: Full Time Permanent
Job Location: Stevenage

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