Working for LifeArc has been a breath of fresh air. We are driven in all that we do by our charitable objectives, which is part of what initially attracted me to the role. LifeArc encourages a highly collaborative culture and I'm surrounded by technical experts, which is really helpful when working on challenging issues. I most enjoy the variety in my role, which provides plenty of opportunity for professional development.
When I joined LifeArc I was immediately struck by the friendly, welcoming and supportive culture of the organisation. Personal growth is greatly emphasised and since joining I’ve received development in very diverse areas, such as financial management, licensing and venture creation as well as being involved in a wide range of fascinating science projects. These projects have been heavily involved and despite being outside of my comfort zone I have greatly enhanced my knowledge of technology transfer.
LifeArc has provided me with opportunities to expand my interests, knowledge and responsibilities into new areas of science. I enjoy working where drug discovery research and charitable status are intertwined, and where there is a significant emphasis on collaboration, both in-house and with external partners. I’ve worked on a diverse range of stimulating and challenging multi-disciplinary projects with great colleagues, in very well-equipped labs and surroundings and very much feel that my contribution is valued.
Since joining LifeArc, my knowledge of intellectual property has broadened as I have been able to learn about different aspects and how other parties are involved, such as licensees and contributors. We are encouraged to challenge ourselves and speak up if we think something could be improved and I personally have been encouraged to take on more responsibility since joining. LifeArc is an open and friendly place where people are really interested in helping you. It is nice to work somewhere where people are passionate about the end result, trying to find and develop science that can really help people – especially the rare diseases.
I chose to join LifeArc after graduating from my chemistry degree because they are different. They bring together great scientific minds from across the globe and unite them with a common ethos; to help mankind. As a charity we have the opportunity to target treatments for diseases wherever the need is greatest. This allows us to have a significant impact and personally allows me to work on a diverse range of disease areas and targets. It has been a pleasure to start my scientific career at LifeArc.
LifeArc has given me fantastic opportunities for career development due to its dynamic and innovative working environment. The open plan working setting creates good opportunities for communications across both various departments and management layers, and the work ethos is very much a mixture of both academic and industrial elements which in my opinion makes this an ideal work place for a scientist.
I joined LifeArc following my PhD and am grateful for the opportunities that it has provided. The culture is incredibly supportive, valuing every employee as an individual, and the atmosphere in the offices and labs is very friendly and collaborative. The immediate impact our work has on patient lives through promoting the translation of early-stage drug discovery from bench to bedside and the breadth of research areas I am exposed to as part of my role are two key aspects that make my job incredibly rewarding.
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. LifeArc’s Centre for Therapeutic Discovery (CTD) has expertise in both small molecule and therapeutic antibody drug discovery and works to develop exciting new drugs for a broad range of unmet medical needs.
The Opportunity Assessment Group (OAG) provides a central resource for LifeArc, researching and analysing the potential of new and existing biomedical opportunities. The team performs detailed scientific assessments as well as analysis of competition and intellectual property. A core focus of the team is the critical evaluation of drug discovery projects for CTD and OAG performs an essential role in helping to shape CTD’s drug discovery pipeline. OAG also provides diligence support for LifeArc’s Seed and Philanthropic Fund to inform investment decisions.
We are looking for someone educated to PhD level from a strong biological research background, with evidence of academic excellence. Ideally, you will have an academic background in immunology. You will welcome an intellectual challenge and will be able to quickly understand and critique scientific information. An ability to adapt and work in a fast-paced environment across a broad range of biomedical fields is essential. A position in OAG provides a stimulating job that offers an excellent opportunity for a dedicated and motivated individual to broaden their scientific and commercial horizons.
Your role will involve performing scientific, technical, commercial and IP diligence. You will be expected to interact credibly with leading experts, scientists and clinicians within academia and the pharmaceutical industry. You will be able to clearly present the strengths and weaknesses of biomedical opportunities and will have excellent communication and report writing skills. This is a training position and you will be expected to learn quickly to understand LifeArc’s processes for assessing competitive intelligence and the intellectual property landscape. Experience in biotech, pharma or technology transfer is not necessary but you should be able to demonstrate an interest in and an appreciation of the factors that can influence success in drug discovery.
The position will involve occasional travel within the UK and abroad.
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 in employment and encouraging the establishment of a diverse workforce. This includes creating a culture that fully reflects its commitment to equal opportunities for all.
It is LifeArc's 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.
To apply please email your CV and covering letter to: email@example.com
For further information visit: https://www.lifearc.org/
Closing date: 4th March 2019