New team sought for cancer immunology company

Epitopea is a new immuno-oncology company establishing operations in Cambridge, UK. We are based on the work of founding scientists at the Université de Montreal who have identified new sets of potentially shared tumour specific antigens (TSAs). Epitopea will fund the discovery of further TSAs, prioritise the most translatable, then seek to exploit them for cancer therapy via a number of modalities, including therapeutic vaccines, cell therapies and TCR-based biologics. In the medium term, Epitopea aspires to also open operations in Quebec.
Backed by a world-class syndicate of life-science investors, Epitopea has secured funding for 2.5 years of operations and now seeks its first employees. We are aiming to assemble a collaborative and ambitious team with a synergistic range of skills and backgrounds. We are open minded about the level of experience you may have gained in your career so far. More importantly, we want the members of our team to have the attitude and potential to thrive in an early stage start up where your work has few boundaries.
In terms of expertise, we have a need for molecular biology, in vitro immunology and protein engineering skills. A background in one or more of the fields of immuno-oncology, tumour microenvironment, T cell biology, TCR function, dendritic cell biology, CAR-T or TCR-T cells or even gene editing would be an advantage. We do not expect applicants to tick every box.
Essential qualifications
• PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or another relevant discipline, or significant laboratory experience (> 3 years preferred)
• Significant experience in cell and molecular biology techniques and cell/tissue culture
• Knowledge of cancer cell biology and/or cancer immunology and/or protein engineering
• Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Candidates should be legally entitled to work in the UK, though Epitopea would consider sponsoring visa applications for compelling candidates.

Key competencies
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Enthusiasm for lab work
• High scientific standards
• Good written and oral communication skills in English
• Good organisational skills and attention to detail
• Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
• A passion to translate science to new therapeutics
• Flexibility to thrive in a changing environment

In return we offer
• A chance to help establish what we hope to be a world class company that is a great place to work
• Highly competitive salary
• Share option plan or alternative opportunity for equity participation in Epitopea’s success
• Competitive leave allowance, company pension contributions and private medical insurance

We will consider applications on a rolling basis, those interested should apply without delay.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should send their CVs and a covering email to

Application Closing Date: 
10 December