Protein Science jobs and careers
Why consider a career as a Protein Scientist?
A career in Protein Science exposes you to an array of amazing opportunities. The industry is very rapidly expanding with the increase in preclinical drug discovery and the application of machine learning to protein science. Protein Scientists support drug discovery projects that transform healthcare and be a part of the journey to discover cures for untreatable diseases.
What a job or career in Protein Science may entail…
As a Protein Scientist, you will be working in a laboratory mostly involved in drug discovery projects. The area of “protein science” is very broad and varied.
Typical role titles include
Drug Discovery Scientist
Protein Production Scientist
Protein Purification Scientist
Protein Characterisation Scientist
Career progression example
Junior Protein Scientist
Senior Protein Scientist
Principal Protein Scientist
Head of Protein Science
Salaries are dependent on the company and the exact areas of responsibility of each role. Generally, roles based in Cambridge, London and Oxford will be higher paying than anywhere else in the UK as these are the hubs for science with many companies competing for top talent. The below are a rough benchmark.
Junior Protein Scientist – Usually someone who has a master’s degree with a year in industry or someone who has done a placement year. People can get into Protein Science directly from a master but would need to be highly relevant to the company. Salaries for these roles range from £25,000 to £30,000.
Protein Scientist – Usually someone who has a master’s and a couple of years’ experience, or someone who has done a PhD and is looking to go straight into industry. The salary guide for this is between £30,000 - £40,000.
Senior Protein Scientist - Usually someone who has a few years’ experience in Protein Science. This is normally someone who has a PhD with a postdoc that has been about 2/3 years or someone who has a master’s with about 5 years’ experience in industry. Salaries for these roles tend to be between £40,000 and £50,000.
Principal Protein Scientist - Usually someone who is a real expert in the field and has extensive experience working within the space. They tend to bring at least 10 years’ experience. Salaries for this kind of role could be between £50,000 - £70,000.
Head of Protein Science – Salaries for senior posts of this kind tend to sit between £70,000 to £90,000.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
There are a lot of different skills that can lead to different paths, but the typical skills listed on job specifications are:
- Protein expression, that can either be in bacterial, yeast, mammalian or insect expression systems.
- Protein purification using techniques such as FPLC, AKTA pure - chromatography (SEC, IEX, affinity etc) or filtration (TFF or UFDF).
- Protein cloning skills, using Gibson assembly, Golden gate.
- Characterisation assays to assess stability, purity and activity to QC and rank candidate protein using techniques such as ELISA, flow cytometry, cell viability assays etc.
- Protein Production.
- Cell Engineering, for the expression of novel proteins to target cells.
There is a range of different protein targets that can be worked on and they depend on the company, but these can be membrane proteins, monoclonal antibodies, multi-valent biologics, antibodies, T-cells, peptide-HLA’s and a large number of others. Most people in the space will have specific experience working within one of these and will then stay within this area for their whole career.
What qualifications does it take?
The majority of clients within in this field will look for a PhD or master’s, that is heavily focused on Protein Science, plus industry experience is a benefit depending on the level of the role.
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— Innovative Plant ScienceLocation:Oxford, UKSalary:£30,000 - £40,000Fast growing and innovative Bioscience Global leader within their field of Plant Science Inclusive and creative environment An opportunity to join an Oxford Bioscience company going through very strong growth and leading science within their niche globally. They are looking for a Plant Scientist to work on innovative weed assay development and validation. What you’ll be doing: Developing weed validation assays, analysing large datasets, and conducting experiments from their Oxford Laboratory. This includes new weed validation experiments, photo capture, plant growth and maintenance, and analysis of weed datasets and outcomes. What experience you’ll need to apply? Educated to (2.1 or 1st class) BSc, MSc, or PhD level within a Plant Science related field (weed experience not necessary). Good Laboratory experience, hands on working with Plant related Biology. Any experience of Assay development would be beneficial. Passion for growth and care of plants and plant material. Any data science related experience working with R/Python would be beneficial. 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 career progression. What’s next? Apply for a swift response.
— Provide expert bioanalytical oversight on exciting scientific projects.Location:Remote, UKSalary:CompetitiveBioanalysis Project Manager Manage multiple bioanalysis projects. Contribute to the development of a successful team. Well-respected, growing company with great progression and a good range of projects. This is an opportunity to join a leading company in the provision of bioanalytical and logistics expertise in scientific project management, contracted specialist services oversight and consultancy solutions within the international life sciences sector. This role requires expertise within Pharmacokinetic Bioanalysis, Antibody expertise and biomarker analysis. This Bioanalysis Project Manager will provide expert resource in bioanalytical scientific oversight, budgetary and project management of outsourced pharmacokinetic bioanalysis. What you'll be doing: Providing oversight and management of method establishment, in assay validation and sample data review. Also providing expertise and knowledge within the areas of quantitative bioanalytical techniques, including mass spectrometric chromatographic and ligand binding assays. Contribute to client project meetings, reviewing bioanalytical elements required in key planning and operational documents as well as keeping clients informed on project timelines. Manage and liaise with various client functional/stakeholder groups involved in sample analysis and data processing including client CRO facing sample managers, CRO project pharmacology experts, data acquisition function and sample repository representatives. Resourcing, selecting, and engaging suitable CRO bioanalysis providers for client projects. Reporting to clients using data servers and various reporting processes on bioanalytical data generated by CROs (having created these reports). Update and maintain CRO activity and KPI performance monitoring and tracking documents and tools as required by clients. What experience you will need to apply: Master’s Degree equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological science or similar discipline as well as relevant industry experience. Extensive knowledge and experience in application and practice of bioanalysis within regulatory environments (GLP and GCP). Comprehensive knowledge in design and execution of clinical and pre-clinical studies, toxicokinetic and pharmacokinetic analysis as well as understanding of the research activities undertaken within a drug development organization. Practical experience within the pharma or CRO industry of managing and developing bioanalytical methods, assay validation and study data generation in clinical and pre-clinical studies. Knowledge of the latest regulatory standards required for GXP studies including international guidance’s published by regulatory agencies such as FDA, EMA. Engaging, enthusiastic, self-motivated, confident, solution orientated, self-assured and a team player. Willing to interact with both large global and emergent SME start-up organizations. What you’ll get in return for your experience: Working from home with travel to the Kent based office required irregularly. Flexible style working hours. Travel expenses paid. 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays). Competitive salary with Discretionary rewards and recognition scheme. What’s next? If you’re looking for an exciting and challenging Bioanalysis Project Manager position speak to Jazz Jones.
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— An exciting opportunity to lead a diverse team as part of an award-winning biopolymer chemistry start-up.Location:Bath, UKSalary:Competitive and dependant on qualifications and experience.Work within a highly innovative company, solving environmental issues that do not currently have solutions. Manage a lab-based team within the beautiful city of Bath. Award-winning start-up looking to commercialise new technologies. This is a new role within an established start-up looking to commercialise new and unique technologies that will reduce microplastic waste, preventing pollution at source. What you’ll be doing Managing a small but growing team with a flat management structure and based within a lab. You would be working collaboratively to create sustainable solutions through organic chemistry methods. You would also be working to commercialise these new biopolymer technologies. This is a great opportunity to professionally develop within an award-winning start-up. Each day will be different, presenting new challenges and opportunities. What experience you’ll need to apply A technical background in cellulose, biopolymer chemistry, chemical process engineering, or natural chemical processes, such as naturally occurring polymers or polysaccharides. PhD in biopolymer chemistry or a related subject, preferably with a few years of post-doc experience including team leadership. Alternatively, a candidate with an MSc or Meng degree in a relevant subject, such as chemical engineering, with several years of experience and team leadership would also be considered. It is essential that the successful candidate has extensive laboratory experience. The ideal candidate will have experience working outside of academia with companies that specialise in chemicals, ingredients, or EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction). This could be within an R&D, commercialisation and/or technical capacity. You will have experience in project or team management, with a proven record of successfully guiding a team to a positive result. This would include proof of prioritising and allocating resources. You will have excellent written and verbal English, being a confident communicator who would be comfortable dealing with customers, suppliers, and project partners. You will have great interpersonal skills and enjoy working with different team members and project partners. You will be open to collaboration, including sharing your ideas and thinking creatively to solve an issue without an existing solution. The role would be focused on the commercialisation of a new technology. In addition to this, the successful candidate would be managing a diverse team of chemists, engineers, and technicians in a fast-paced environment. You would be working within the scaling, process optimisation, production, and customisation of cellulose beads. The ideal candidate will be highly creative when addressing technical challenges related to product development from invention to commercialisation. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in an unstructured environment where every day is different and brings new challenges and opportunities. You will also be flexible and comfortably able to manage changing priorities. You will enjoy working in a flat team structure, where everyone contributes to the best of their knowledge and expertise with a focus on making the business a success. Prior experience working within a start-up or scale-up would be desirable. You will have an interest in the environment, being motivated to help create innovative technical solutions to pressing environmental issues. What you’ll get in return for your experience The salary is competitive and dependant on qualifications and experience. Negotiable share options plan for equity. 28 days holiday per annum including Bank Holidays. Standard pension scheme. What’s next Please apply now or get in touch with Imogen for more information. The ideal start date would be at the beginning of May, though the client are willing to wait for the right candidate and appreciate that notice periods can be up to 3-months.