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    Analytical scientist


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    Chromatography specialist scientist


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Translational sciences for the cell & gene therapy and synthetic biology sectors are ever-evolving and driven by the continual development of new technologies. At Next Phase we understand the science, identifying the niche skills required to ensure these life-changing therapies are commercialised. Over the last 15 years we have placed people at all levels across discovery, R&D, viral vectors, process development, gene engineering, bioinformatics & data science, within companies of all sizes.

In the latest Skills Demand Survey Report from Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult, it is stated that 95% of ATMP businesses know they will have challenges with increasing their headcount in the next 5 years, while 98% know that retaining people will be one of their biggest issues to tackle.

Why is this? Quite simply, the Cell & Gene Therapy sector is growing exponentially, and there are (and will be) more vacancies than the number of experienced people. This is being commonly referred to as a “Skills Gap”. It will therefore become harder to recruit new staff, and more important to retain your best people.

Now is the time to share ideas, particularly around apprenticeships, industrial placements, graduate schemes, continuous professional development programmes and platforms. We are happy to share a free copy of our own Next Phase report if you click here - you are welcome to download and share this document as much as you like. This is such an exciting, innovative sector, and this spirit of innovation needs to be incorporated into hiring and retention if businesses within the Cell & Gene Therapy / ATMP / broader Biotech sectors are going to continue to thrive.

On this page you will see a summary of our current vacancies in Discovery & Translation, the consultants at Next Phase who specialise in recruiting within different stages of scientific R&D, latest industry news for people within the scientific sector, and testimonials from our candidates and clients which illustrate Next Phase's capabilities as a recruitment specialist.

Next Phase have over 16 years' experience of placing permanent and contract staff into Quality roles within Biotech, Medtech, Cell & Gene Therapy, ATMP, Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics businesses across the UK, United States and Europe.

To discuss your next career move within Discovery or Translational Science, or to talk about a new hire you wish to make within your scientific team, please get in touch! We can be e-mailed at, called on +44 (0)1403 216216 or reached through the Contact Us page.​

Candidate's Testimonial

“It was a pleasure”

​Gabby was really helpful answering queries I had promptly. She also let me know who to reach out to and followed up with communication. The conversation was very easy to discuss next steps and it was a pleasure.

Process Associate, UK, January 2023

“I was super impressed with his positive attitude and work ethic”

​Oli Baylis was really supportive and helpful throughout the entire recruitment process. He listened to the job requirements I was looking for and what type of line of work I enjoyed. If I had any queries or concerns he was quick to help out and address it. I was super impressed with his positive attitude and work ethic he had. I am more than happy to recommend Oli and comeback to Next Phase Recruitment for my future job search.

Method Development Scientist, May 2022

“Kind, approachable and a great listener”

​As a candidate for a role that Gabby was recruiting for - I found her to be kind, approachable and a great listener - she understood what I needed and ensured that any position she put me forward for matched my wants and needs. The process was really smooth and thanks to Gabby I am now working at a great company doing what I love. Thanks Gabby - I really appreciate your help and for always being available if I need anything.

Talent Attraction Specialist, Cell Therapy, UK, February 2022

“Professional and handled questions”

​During the recruitment into my current role, I was in contact with Oli who was professional and handled any questions quickly. The support prior to having my interview was also very useful in helping me to secure the position.

Process Development Scientist, London, February 2022

“"I felt very involved every step of the way"”

​In my experience, Next Phase managed the recruitment process efficiently. Next Phase not only followed up with me and kept me informed, but more importantly was keen to understand my requirements/expectations and communicate that on my behalf and I felt very involved every step of the way.

Principal Science, Early Discovery, Oxford, May 2021

Client's Testimonial

“Great team”

Great team that work together to help clients. They work together to use the best of each other's knowledge to help and excel your application and they all really want you to succeed. I'm so happy with my position I've been placed in through them at the moment, however, if i'm ever looking for another job I will definitely look at vacancies available through Next Phase

Method Development Scientist, Protein Biochemistry company - April 2021

“"Network access & unique understanding"”

Next Phase were instrumental in our early fundraising efforts. Steve was able to unlock the doors of many investors with a specific interest in early stage gene therapy biotechs that would have otherwise been cold and unknown to us. In parallel, he has attracted our industry leading “raise team”, consisting of some of the most reputable advanced therapy executives with experience within the ATMP space. Thanks to Steve's network access and unique understanding of this space, we were able to significantly accelerate the development of our business to help improve the quality of life for those affected by rare diseases.

Owner, Rare Disease company, UK, March 2021

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If you are looking for a role in translational science, please call Next Phase in Horsham because we recruit scientific staff into pharmaceutical, biotech, cell therapy, gene therapy, rare disease and ATMP organisations in the UK, Europe and USA

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