Antibody Engineer (KTP Associate)

The University of Aberdeen seeks a highly motivated individual to be part of an exciting, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Scottish Biologics Facility (SBF), University of Aberdeen and Elasmogen Ltd. The role is to lead the development of a bispecific therapeutic candidate for the treatment of inflammatory liver disease combining Elasmogen’s humanised, shark-derived, VNAR single-domain binders (soloMERs) and single chain antibody leads from the Scottish Biologics Facility.  Elasmogen Ltd. is an award winning biologics drug discovery and development company with a clinical focus in inflammation, auto-immunity and oncology. The SBF, part of University of Aberdeen, uses latest cutting edge technologies in recombinant antibody generation and their development as therapeutic agents, diagnostics and research tools. The individual sought must be capable of applying advanced biologics, antibody and protein engineering techniques (screening, selection and characterisation) to develop and progress lead towards preclinical studies.

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Institute of Medical Sciences
Staff Category: Administrative
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 5
Salary: £32,000
Closing Date: 28/09/2018
Ref No: IMS121A


The successful applicant will have practical knowledge and experience of biologics drug discovery techniques.  This programme of work covers the full range of earlier stage research and development protocols including: phage display library screening, gene cloning and optimisation, in vitro cell based assays and recombinant protein expression and purification. The applicants should be highly proficient protein engineers with demonstrable, hands-on experience of relevant techniques.  Ideally the candidates will possess a post-graduate degree in a relevant Life Science discipline or equivalent industry or related experience.  Knowledge and experience of a broad portfolio of immuno-technologies and their application to drug discovery is fundamental to the project. Previous working experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company setting would be seen as an advantage. A comprehensive understanding of various bispecific antibody formats and antibody immunogenicity would be considered as an added advantage.

The candidate should have the ability to develop creative solutions to scientific problems and able to work (and present) as part of a team and also independently lead various aspects of the project. Good IT and communication skills (both written and oral) and ability to think independently are essential.

The successful candidate will be employed by University of Aberdeen but will spend most of their working time at Elasmogen Ltd. 

Salary will be offered at the rate of £32,000 per annum. The KTP associate will also receive a tax free £4,000 training and personal development budget. The post is funded by Innovate UK for a period of two years and able to start immediately. The appointment will be subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of University of Aberdeen. 

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK. 

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Click here to apply.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 27 September 2018. 

Should you wish to make an informal enquiries, please contact to either Professor Andy Porter, (email: ) or Dr Soumya Palliyil (email: ).

Please quote reference number IMS121A on all correspondence.

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.