Scientist – Cell Sorting

Full Time Permanent


Scientist – Cell Sorting
London – on site at the Francis Crick Institute

LifeArc is an independent life science medical research charity committed to drastically improving positive patient outcomes everywhere. As a champion for human health, LifeArc partners with academic, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and charity organisations to move promising medical research forward into viable and accessible patient treatments. As a charity we are self-funded, re-investing our income from developed drugs and diagnostics to support translating research from the bench to patient. We are pioneering new ways to turn great science into greater patient impact.

We are currently seeking two highly motivated and well organised flow cytometry sorting Scientists with a proven background in multi-parameter analysis and single cell sorting to join our expanding Antibody Discovery team at LifeArc. Both positions will be based at the Francis Crick Institute in London, but you will be working very closely with Scientists within our Centre for Therapeutics Discovery in Stevenage.

The role
The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for managing numerous cell sorting campaigns and the running of single B-cell sorting experiments including complex data analysis to support various antibody discovery projects. You will be responsible for ensuring the smooth transition of projects between LifeArc and the Francis Crick Institute and will be interacting very closely with scientists within the Biological Research Facility and FACS Science Technology Platforms at the Crick, as well as other project team members based at our Stevenage site. Other responsibilities will include running routine maintenance procedures and troubleshooting of the cell sorting equipment, reporting data in a meaningful manner as well as providing assistance and training to new users. Senior Cell Sorting Scientist will also have line management and matrix management responsibilities.

We have 2 open position currently – Scientist someone with 3 years+ of lab experience & a Senior Scientist someone with 5 years+ of lab experience

Practical lab experience in a Pharmaceutical, Biotech or Contract Research Organization, or academic laboratory environment working directly with small animals (rodents) and mammalian cell culture.
MSc or PhD in biological sciences with industry experience with a strong emphasis on immunology
Strong and proven experience in flow cytometry, especially with single cell sorting is essential (experience with BD FACSAria Fusion would be an advantage)
Familiarity with various flow analysis software (e.g. FlowJo, FCS express or FACS Diva)
Mammalian cell culture and multi-colour cytometry experience
Experience working with blood and immune cells is required
Excellent hands-on flow cytometry lab skills
Excellent hands-on cell biology lab skills
Your salary will be determined by qualifications and experience. In addition, LifeArc offers a defined contribution pension scheme, private health insurance, a flexible benefits scheme and 31 days paid holiday per year.

LifeArc is committed to the principles and practices of equal opportunities and to encouraging the establishment of a diverse workforce. It is our policy to employ individuals on the basis of their suitability for the work to be performed and their potential for development, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief. This includes creating a culture that fully reflects our commitment to equal opportunities for all.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter explaining why you want to work for LifeArc to: or by post to Recruitment, LifeArc, Accelerator Building, Open Innovation Campus, Stevenage, SG1 2FX (electronic applications preferred).

Closing Date – Friday 20th November 2020

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