Associate Scientist/Scientist


Associate Scientist

Salary: £26,000-29,000 per annum with flexibility dependent on experience

Location: Babraham, Cambridge

Contract: Permanent, full-time 35 hours


Salary: £29000-37000 per annum with flexibility dependent on experience

Location: Babraham, Cambridge

Contract: Permanent, full-time 35 hours

Closing date: Friday 10th December 2021 - (please note, we will be shortlisting on an on-going basis, so please do not wait until the closing date to submit where possible)

Application process: Please provide a CV, you will also be asked some application questions pertaining to the role and your suitability:

  • What are your career level expectations (Associate Scientist, or Scientist)?
  • What has attracted you to this particular role?
  • Which of your skills or expertise do you think could have the greatest impact at TDL?

Please take your time to answer these questions as your answers are important for initial application screening

Do you want to help deliver breakthrough medicines for cancer patients?

Cancer Research UK's Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories (CRUK-TDL) is our Research and Innovation drug discovery unit and has the principal focus of establishing and prosecuting biologically themed multi-project alliances with industrial partners. TDL is comprised of over 90 staff from both industrial and academic backgrounds, based at the Babraham Research Campus (Cambridge) and the Francis Crick Institute (London).

We bring together the best minds in basic and clinical cancer research, the diligence and drive of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as our in-house drug discovery and Alliance management capabilities to deliver breakthrough medicines for cancer patients. Our laboratories therefore house all the necessary personnel and equipment to progress projects from initial hypothesis through to the selection of candidate drugs for regulatory development. 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.

Why we need you

At TDL we work together to deliver breakthrough medicines for cancer patients. We are currently recruiting for laboratory-based Scientists to support our established Alliances as well as developing new platforms and biological themes to expand CRUK’s Alliance portfolio. These roles will be working as part of the early-stage drug discovery process within the Target Validation and Disease Positioning group of Discovery Biosciences. In this flexible, inclusive and diverse environment, the development of our scientists is a priority. We place specific focus on both industrial and academic scientific skill sets so that you can shine as the next generation CRUK Research and Innovation talent.

What will I be doing?

Make an impact every day by:

  • Exploring and accelerating novel drug targets and biomarkers
  • Developing complex and dynamic cell-based assays to enable drug discovery projects
  • Performing small molecule characterisation and detailed mechanism of action studies
  • Working collaboratively and interacting with multi-disciplinary research teams, both internally and with world-class academic investigators and Pharma partners
  • Leading validation and Discovery project work

What skills do I need?

  • A PhD or BSc/MSc with relevant experience for the career level
  • Experience of cell culture techniques
  • Cell biology or molecular biology skills
  • Excellent communication skills with strong team ethic
  • Commitment, enthusiasm and a passion for learning
  • Problem solving, innovative drive and independent thinking for biological problems

What skills would be an advantage?

  • Immunology, Immuno-oncology, primary cell or complex cell assay experience
  • Cell engineering approaches such as CRISPR and lentiviral transduction

What are the benefits?

Our compensation package includes discounts on anything from travel to technology, generous holiday allowance, childcare vouchers and much more. CRUK prioritizes your development, both in your role and though a range of learning and development opportunities. And ultimately, you’ll know that you’ll be changing lives through your work.

Without you we wouldn’t be able to achieve our aim of seeing 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034, so we want to reward you in as many ways as possible.  If you’re as ambitious as we are, join our collective force and enjoy an excellent career, as we save lives and add years.

At CRUK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to beat cancer sooner. Unfortunately we are unable to recruit anyone below the age of 18, so that we can protect young people from health & safety and safeguarding risks. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us on


As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, we conduct research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Our aim is to see 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034 and our staff are integral to achieving that ambition. Cancer Research UK offers you excellent prospects to expand your career as well as the ability to make a real difference to the lives of others. We're always looking for sharp, brave, and collaborative people to join Cancer Research UK and continue to make it a great place to work. Find the career you're looking for and let’s change lives together.

Closing date: 
Sunday, December 12, 2021
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