Career opportunity: Vaccine Scientist

Title: Vaccine Scientist

Location: Hampton, London, UK

The Company:

Touchlight was established in 2008 on the conviction that society’s ever-increasing understanding of DNA would lead to its emergence as a material of the future.

Touchlight has established a revolutionary platform to enable the next generation of DNA industries. Specifically, the company has developed a novel, minimal linear vector known as doggybone DNA (dbDNA), which has demonstrated unique gene expression properties.

dbDNA is produced in a revolutionary enzymatic process that addresses the significant limitations of plasmid DNA and other DNA vector technologies.

Touchlight has two parallel streams:

Touchlight DNA Services (TDS) is our contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), established in order to meet the immediate and growing need of global customers (and Touchlight’s own projects) for GMP grade DNA.

Touchlight Genetics is exploiting our cutting-edge DNA technology and ready access to manufacturing capability to develop products to meet unmet needs. Specifically, and in the near term, we are embarking on Phase I/II clinical development programmes for both prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.

Touchlight Genetics is currently seeking a talented and enthusiastic scientist to join its Vaccine Group to design and test new vaccines for prophylactic and therapeutic indications. This is an exciting, fast-paced research environment suited to creative individuals who can thrive within a multidisciplinary scientific team.

Your principal role will entail the discovery and evaluation of new vaccine candidates, supporting the advancement of novel DNA medicines. You will be responsible for the execution of innovative cell-based and PCR-based assays. In addition, you are expected to support the numerous collaborative projects with academia and industry. You will work closely with colleagues within the group and in other functions to help bridge the gap between discovery and preclinical development.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Applicants should have a BSc, MSc or PhD in cell biology/molecular biology/immunology and experience in a relevant setting
  • Expertise in the use and development of biological assays including flow cytometry, ELISA and qPCR is essential
  • Applicants should have a background in the transfection, handling and imaging of mammalian cell culture
  • Proficiency with protein analytical techniques such as Western blotting is advantageous
  • Experience in the development of immunoassays is beneficial
  • A background in the fields of infectious disease, cancer and would be highly desirable
  • The successful candidate will be bringing ideas to life, and must therefore be engaged with science, adaptable to new approaches, and eager to work within a fast-moving team

Applicants MUST be eligible to work in the UK.

Apply for this role by emailing a CV and tailored cover letter (in pdf format) clearly stating the reference " Vaccine Scientist ".

Due to the high number of applicants we will only contact those who we invite to interview.