Associate Scientist: Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK's Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories is the in-house CRUK drug discovery unit with a principal focus on establishing and prosecuting biologically-themed multi-project alliances with industry.  Based at the Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, and the London Bioscience Innovation Centre, London, TDL comprises over 80 staff from both industrial and academic backgrounds.


At TDL we bring together the best minds in basic and clinical cancer research, the rigour and drive of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and our in-house drug discovery and alliance management capabilities to deliver breakthrough medicines for cancer patients. In recent years, we have established successful alliances with AstraZeneca, Teva Pharmaceuticals, FORMA Therapeutics, Merck KGaA, LifeArc and Celgene.  We have also been successful in implementing the alliance model through the formation of spin-out companies, including Artios and iOnctura.


Our laboratories house the personnel and equipment to progress projects from initial hypothesis through to selection of candidate drugs.  We couple this with a deep understanding of academic and industrial drivers enabling us to build alliances that satisfy the curiosity of basic research and the rigour of drug discovery.


We are currently looking for an Associate Scientist to join our hard-working team to support us in continuing this amazing work.


Some of the key duties you can expect to have are…

  • Compounds and sample preparation

  • Work collaboratively within the Discovery Bioscience team and interact with multi-disciplinary research teams both internally and with external collaborators

  • Communicate effectively, in line with CRUK-TDL’s culture

  • Working with the priorities defined by projects

  • Maintain assigned laboratory equipment and/or duties

  • Maintain safe and effective working practices

  • Highly committed, enthusiastic and with a passion for learning


We are looking for someone with…



  • HNC/HND/Degree in chemistry, biochemistry, life sciences

  • Collaboration and team-work

  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail

  • Customer focused mind

  • Flexibility and adaptability



  • Understanding of technical complexities of compound/sample management (storage issues, freeze-thaw cycles, degradation, solvent usage)

  • Storage processes for maintaining compound/biological sample quality

  • Knowledge in liquid handling and in automation (Beckman, PerkinElmer, Labcyte instruments)


If the above sounds like you, then we want to hear from you. Please see our candidate pack here for a full role profile:


Closing date: 15th November 2020, 23:55pm

Closing date: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020
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