Full time
Translational Matrix Group

Job Title: Scientific Director – Neurodegeneration 
Location: Stevenage 
Job Type: Permanant 

Agencies: We will only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted. 

LifeArc, we want to hear from people who are as passionate as we are about making life science life changing that can improve patients’ lives. 

A bit about the role: 

Within the Translational Science Matrix function, this role will work closely with the MND Translational Challenge (TC) Leadership, to lead the planning, execution and delivery of workstreams focusing primarily on early detection strategies, encompassing sub-themes such as diagnostics and biomarkers. 

To address significant scientific and logistical hurdles, the role will have strong background in strategic thinking, championing and enabling cross-institute networks, collaborations and potentially consortia, to deliver lasting patient impact.  To build and facilitate ‘cohesive ecosystems’, the role requires an experienced neuroscientist capable of drawing together diverse groups, functions, and stakeholders, across industry, academia and charitable sectors, to drive common goals and deliverables.  The role will be underpinned by a strong Neurodegeneration background, ideally MND/ALS, capable of distilling and integrating complex science into an operational model aligned with overarching ambition of the MND TC and LifeArc. 

Within the Translational Science Department, and Translational Matrix Group, the role will join other neuroscientists, alongside similar roles for other TC’s, with an opportunity to influence overall MND TC strategy, execution and long-term vision. 

About you: 

Education & experience: 

Educated to PhD or equivalent 

Extensive scientific or post-doctoral experience 

Track record of publications or patents that demonstrate the creation of novel solutions to complex problems 

Experience managing and resourcing multiple projects 

Experience of matrix management of a portfolio of projects. 


Skills & abilities: 

Able to thrive in an environment that is ambiguous, which also allows for free-thinking and innovation 

Resilient in the face of unfavourable outcomes. 

Ability to influence others and deliver without direct line control  

Strong planning and attention to detail. 

Intellectual curiosity. 

Highly collaborative with internal and external stakeholders.  

Critical and analytical thinker, strong problem solver. 

Organised and meticulous. 

Detail orientated and accurate 

Ability to work well with others. 

Ability to accurately follow directions. 

Able to communicate complex information – both verbal and written.  

Ability to influence and persuade others. 


About us: 

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures. 

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that can improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward. 

What we can offer you: 

Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience along with other exceptional benefits. Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays. 

Join us, and you’ll have the scope to be creative and take measured risks. You’ll be rewarded for your curiosity, for working as one team, and for learning fast. And you’ll have everything you need to be your best every day. 

Don’t meet every single requirement? At LifeArc we are dedicated in building an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce that can bring a range of skills, new ideas and innovative thinking to our work. So, whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role, but perhaps feel you don’t meet every requirement in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Our top priority is finding the best candidate and you may be just the right person for this or other roles. 

We all have potential. At LifeArcyou’ll discover what you can really do with it. 


Apply now - and start translating your potential!

At LifeArc, we commit to advancing equal opportunities and building a diverse workforce by ensuring a fair, inclusive, and accessible recruitment experience for all. We employ individuals based on 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. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion includes creating a culture where everyone feels they belong, is valued for who they are and has the opportunity to translate their potential.

We want every candidate to do their very best. If you require special assistance or reasonable adjustments, please be sure to let us know in advance what will be most useful for you and/ or to discuss your needs.

We only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list, and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.

Please note we are actively recruiting, and the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role.

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