Group Leader - AAV Vectors

Group Leader - AAV Vectors

Job Title: Group Leader - AAV Vectors
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxford
Salary: Competitive Salary and Excellent Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: J16257
Contact Name: Alex Butcher
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Job Published: June 10, 2019 13:01

Job Description

A new role has been created for a Group Leader AAV, to join an ambitious company at the forefront of synthetic biology and its applications within discovery, development and manufacture. This is a leadership opportunity within a fantastic team of collaborative scientists. The company is based in Oxford and is offering a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Job Summary:

The Group Leader AAV will be leading a newly established team created by the company’s growth and demand for expertise in this area. You will take on the responsibility for both internal platform development and external commercial projects. This will include engagement with the relevant external and internal stakeholders as well as using your science to deliver projects.

The team are establishing novel AAV vectors, stable viral packaging lines / bioproduction systems and running a commercial batch production operation in conjunction with a sub team. You will provide scientific support to scientists within the group, including their training. In this role, you will have the chance to develop your ideas as they are continually seeking new innovations and as a company they have a commitment to scientific development and innovation.

The Company

The company are at the cutting edge of the use of Synthetic Biology with a platform technology that enables them to engineer DNA which is a unifying theme across all their services – DNA design, expression system optimisation, cell line development and with a focus on viral delivery systems. 

This is a genuinely exciting working environment, with people who are passionate about cutting edge approaches to molecular biology. They are going through a continued period of expansion due to the demand of their services from industry as well as after entering some major longstanding partnerships. In addition to this they have other technologies under development after securing funding that will further enhance the portfolio of services they can offer. They have an excellent culture where staff are all working closely together, with the opportunity of rapid promotion as part of their culture and provide the chance to learn new skills.  In addition to the career paths available, the company devotes a lot of focus to social events outside of work, training / away days and making the environment a very inspiring and collaborative one.


In addition to a competitive salary, the company offers an industry-leading benefits package and very positive and collaborative working environment.

Desired Skills and Experience:

We are looking for a PhD-qualified scientist with experience of working in either academia or industry,  and with experience in leading a team. You will need to have strong knowledge of viral vector engineering, production and characterisation with a focus on AAV.  On a technical basis, you will need to have experience of various analytical techniques (flow cytometry, FACS, qPCR, and ELISA). Experience of using robotic liquid handling automation systems, gene editing tools, and production of stable mammalian cell lines is desirable but not essential.

Full details will be provided on application.