Senior Scientist

Southampton, United Kingdom
£39,152 to £49,553
Friday, 9 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 5 August 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Cancer Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £39,152 to £49,553 (Salary supplements will be available for candidates with outstanding credentials)
Full Time Fixed Term (36 Months)
Closing Date:  Thursday 05 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1427021CM

This senior level position will be held in the Centre for Cancer Immunology at Southampton General Hospital. This is a newly constructed, dedicated research building that is the result of a significant fund-raising campaign. It builds on a 40 year history of pioneering immunology and cancer research at Southampton, and represents the first dedicated cancer immunology centre in the UK. The activities in this centre span from pioneering discovery science to applied research and preclinical modelling and, crucially, onto first-in-human clinical trials and beyond.  The centre houses world-class research facilities, including state-of-the-art scientific laboratories and a clinical trials unit. 

The position is associated with the laboratory of Professors Sally Ward and Raimund Ober who have recently relocated their research group from the USA to Southampton. Their interdisciplinary research program is dedicated to the use of protein engineering to develop novel antibody-based therapeutics that has led to several therapeutics that are currently approved for clinical use or in advanced stages of clinical trials. The group is also actively involved in the development of advanced microscopy techniques for the evaluation of novel therapeutics in cellular environments. Their interdisciplinary research is funded by major grants from the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and support from collaborating biopharma companies.

The appointee will oversee in vitro and in vivo cellular assays, including immunological assays. The appointee is expected to have an outstanding track record in analysing the behaviour of antibody or other protein-based therapeutics. Knowledge of in vitro cellular assays, including assessment of immunological responses and advanced flow cytometry analyses is required. A background in expressing and purifying recombinant proteins/antibodies is also desirable but not essential. An ability to independently manage research projects is also required. 

The appointee will also play a supervisory role, and will be responsible for the research activities of junior technicians in related projects in the laboratory. The ability to train other members of the laboratory in immunological and in vivo techniques is a requirement of the position. The research projects involve teamwork between laboratory members carrying out molecular and cellular analyses through to studies in mouse models of disease. The appointee will therefore be expected to enjoy working as a team member who plays a central role in the research productivity of the group.

The position offers ample opportunities for professional development and career advancement, and pursuit of these by the appointee will be actively encouraged and supported. For example, the research projects related to therapeutic development are closely aligned with the interests of biopharma, providing possibilities for close interactions with this sector. 

Scientific knowledge and proven leadership in the areas described above equivalent to Ph.D. level with at least 2-3 years of additional experience is required. The post-holder will possess relevant academic qualifications and work experience as well as good IT skills.  Non-UK/non-EU citizens are also encouraged to apply.  

This position is expected to be one of the key long-term positions in the Ward/Ober laboratory, with the initial time period of three years being limited by the term of current grant support. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor E. Sally Ward (

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1427021CM on all correspondence.

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages. 

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