At LifeArc, we work at the cutting edge of translational science. As a medical research charity, we have a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations seek out new ways to transform great science into greater patient impact.

We exist to advance early science into health care treatments and diagnostics that can be taken through to full development – and made available to patients as quickly as possible. We have our own drug discovery and diagnostics development facilities, supporting our ambition to transform the way patients are diagnosed, treated, and supported.

We also know that the key to success is collaboration. That’s why we partner with medical research charities, research organisations, industry, academic scientists and so many more others. Bridging the gap between patient need and novel scientific opportunity is what motivates us – and we do this by integrating our three core translational offerings: science, advice, and external funding.

Ultimately, we’re driven by our purpose – to put patients at the centre of all we do. It’s about fostering innovation, believing in the power of collaboration, and always acting with commitment. When we get it right, we achieve excellence.

It all means we’ve built the kind of culture that can help you translate your own potential into something incredible too.

Each year we give up to 10 Industrial Placement students, who are interested in early therapeutic discovery, the chance to do just that by getting involved in exciting project work at our laboratory in Stevenage.

Join us and you’ll support our teams working across a number of areas in the drug discovery process. You’ll also be working closely with one of our expert team members to gain valuable experience in areas such as:

  • Molecular biology
  • Protein expression and purification
  • Biophysical characterisation
  • Assay design, optimisation and automation
  • High throughput screening
  • Identification of therapeutic leads
  • Pharmacokinetic and metabolism studies
  • Target validation studies (gene editing, pharmacology, bioinformatics)
  • Cellular models of disease supporting small molecule and/or antibody programs
  • Antibody discovery
  • Antibody engineering
  • Antibody screening and optimisation

Typically, you will be in your 3rd or 4th Year and studying for your first degree in one of these areas or a related discipline:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology

During your placement, we’ll expect you to deliver regular presentations of experimental results and conclusions to the project team, while maintaining high quality written lab notebook records of your research. In return, you will have the opportunity to use the work you do here to assist with your degree submission and gain true research experience.

We want to make Life at LifeArc the best it can be for our people too. So, during your time here, you will also be able to make the most of our commitment to helping everyone keep pace with a fast-evolving world, while staying successful, healthy and well – in and out of work.

We’re 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 this commitment to equal opportunities for all.

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, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief.

What we offer

In addition to your salary, we offer a defined contribution pension scheme, private health insurance, a flexible benefits scheme (including an additional 5% flex benefits fund that you can take as additional salary or spend on a wide range of flexible benefits) and 31 days paid holiday per year, plus public holidays.

Quotes from previous placement students:

Find out about the highlights of the year from our outgoing 2021 placement students.

“As a student I feel as though my placement year has opened many doors for me and I have gained much invaluable experience that will help me progress in my career once I have graduated from university”

“I definitely believe that this year has been incredibly helpful in helping me to decide which direction I wish to take my career in. Through working full-time in a lab all year, I have gained a multitude of transferable skills that can be applied to my future career”

“I was very happy with how I was managed daily as my supervisor made sure that she always knew what I had planned for the week ahead and we had regular meetings to discuss my experimental results and personal progress”

“I have enjoyed meeting so many different people – all of which come from different backgrounds. It has been invaluable to learn from everybody’s experience. I can’t think what I have enjoyed least!!”

“I have had a brilliant year at LifeArc – the experience has been invaluable and is no doubt something that I will look back at with fondness”