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31st May

Principal Scientist - Biochemistry (Mode of Action)

— innovative plant science scale-up

Oxford, UK
Competitive with bonus and share options


  • A world leader in Plant Science innovation.
  • Ownership of Mode of Action biochemical assays.
  • Significant impact towards R&D.

An opportunity to join an Oxford Plant Bioscience company going through very strong growth and leading science within their niche globally. They are looking for a Principal Scientist with experience of Mode of Action to aid the discovery of novel compounds and design a range of enzyme and cell-based assays, with the assistance of a team to support your findings.
What you’ll be doing:

  • Identify the herbicidal mode of action of novel lead compounds by applying techniques such as PSII, PPO, PDS or similar.
  • Design and implement enzyme and cell-based assays.
  • Help accelerate lead generation, optimisation and advancement of projects with novel R&D processes.
  • Passionate about setting up a biochemistry platform from the ground up, leading a team on assay development, validation and screening.

What experience you’ll need to apply?

  • Degree, MSc and/or PhD qualified in a Biochemistry, Plant Science or Biological science related domains.
  • Good experience of modes of action ideally one or more of PSII, PPO, PDS (others also considered), either from extensive research or commercially.
  • Strong design of assays (enzyme and cell based), and biophysical techniques such as SPR for interaction of small molecule inhibitors with proteins.

What you’ll get in return for your experience:
To work in a truly innovative and inclusive environment, which encourages diversity of thought and creativity. A great benefits package (including bonus and share options) and to have a direct impact towards the direction and strategy of R&D.

What’s next?
Apply for a swift response.






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Who's managing this role?

Roy Bennett

Roy Bennett

— Head of Science & Engineering Science & Innovation

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