For students interested in early therapeutic discovery

Applications are now closed for the 2021-22 academic year

  • Based in Stevenage
  • Salary: £18,000
  • Starts September 2021
  • Runs approximately 50 weeks

LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25 year legacy of helping scientists and organisations seek out new ways to transform great science into greater patient impact. Based in our offices in Stevenage, we take novel academic targets and generate lead stage small molecules and therapeutic antibodies for indications with unmet medical need.

We are true pioneers, bringing together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases while directly funding academic and early stage research. So far, we have helped develop four innovative drugs (Keytruda®, Actemra®, Tysabri® and Entyvio®), and a brand new test for antimicrobial resistance.

We are reviewing applications to this year’s programme (2021/22 academic year) for 10 placement students who are interested in early therapeutic discovery. The successful students will get involved in our exciting project work, and be part of a team that is working across a number of areas of the drug discovery process. They will work closely with one of our experienced team members, and 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
  • Target validation studies (gene editing, pharmacology, bioinformatics)
  • Cellular models of disease supporting small molecule and/or antibody programs
  • Antigen generation
  • Antibody engineering
  • Antibody screening and optimisation

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

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.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre on 24th and 26th November 2020

Quotes from previous 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 fulltime 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”