Job Title: Senior Principal Scientist (Diagnostic Lead)
Location: Stevenage or Edinburgh
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time 
At 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 new Translational Science Matrix function, this role will work closely with the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Translational Challenge Leadership to lead the planning and execution of MND diagnostics programs and contribute to the neurodegeneration translational area.  

The role will use a strong neuroscience background to develop and refine the ‘early detection’ strategy, operational plan, and the lead the delivery. The role will also work to collaborate on developing appropriate funding programs in MND and neurodegeneration and will look to develop key consortia across the field.  

 The role will work internally and externally with stakeholders and partners, with a strong delivery mindset executed by working in a strong collaborative fashion. 

 Key accountabilities include: 

  • Lead the MND Translation Challenge Early Detection workstream, aligning to objectives and working in a matrix approach 
  • Contribute to the formation and delivery of LifeArc’s science portfolio, in particular the MND Translational Challenge diagnostics portfolio and neurodegeneration portfolio 
  • Act as a neuroscience and biomarker lead (potentially including digital), executed through a matrix-management, providing strategic guidance and direction to stakeholders and colleagues around the portfolio of neuroscience projects 
  • Contribute technical guidance and strategic thinking to Translational Challenge external funding calls in diagnostics and biomarkers – identifying key areas of need and leading development of appropriate plans for external projects 
  • Scan external landscape of scientific and technical capabilities with a view to identifying and bringing in house new capabilities that build our ability to deliver current and future projects. Drives synergies between programs and develops capabilities accordingly 
  • Identify and present project proposals to senior stakeholders, balancing the portfolio in line with Translational needs and impact 
  • Collaborate with the external scientific community, acting as an ambassador for LifeArc promoting, creating and maintaining strategic partnerships 
  • Through matrix working, collaborate on and influence the direction of research in scientific areas of importance to LifeArc’s Translation Challenge, both internally and externally 

 About you: 
Education & experience required:  

  • 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 
  • Ability to work well with 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? Studies have shown that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds, for example, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At LifeArc we are dedicated in building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification 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 candidate for this or other roles.  

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





Apply now - and start translating your potential!

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

LifeArc is committed to the principles and practices of equal opportunities and to encouraging the establishment of a diverse workforce. It is our 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. This includes creating a culture that fully reflects our commitment to equal opportunities for all.