Research Associate, Biology

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join F-star’s Biology Team, who will be accountable for designing, executing and analysing in vitro and ex vivo experiments to further our understanding of the biology and mechanism of action of our bispecific molecules. In this lab-based position, the Research Associate will use their knowledge and experience of tumour immunology to contribute biology expertise to multi-functional immune-oncology project teams, supporting projects from discovery through to clinical phase. The Research Associate will need to demonstrate good judgement and effective decision making in understanding the underlying immunology responses(s) to bispecific antibody intervention.


Design and execute experiments in line with project goals and strategy to achieve project plans and milestones
Use expertise to help develop novel and refine/optimise existing in vitro assays used to characterise bispecific molecules
Perform ex vivo analysis from mouse tumor models to further our understanding of the mechanism of action of bispecific molecules
Work collaboratively, effectively communicating with management and co-workers, to enhance preclinical and translational capabilities and processes
Communicate ideas, experimental strategy, methods, and results to line managers and present to project teams
Maintain an up-to-date awareness of scientific literature and competitive intelligence relevant to F-star projects

This role would suit someone currently working in a laboratory and looking to advance their career, would thrive on a challenge and embrace a highly collaborative matrix environment.

You’ll be a motivated and enthusiastic continuous learner with an ability to apply learnings to unfamiliar areas. You’ll be organised with strong attention to detail, and a proven ability to work well in teams. You’ll also be committed to sharing and developing alongside others.



BSc or MSc in a biological subject (ideally with a relevant focus on Immunology, Oncology or Pharmacology)
Multi-colour flow cytometry
Aseptic cell culture technique
Experience in human in vitro and/or mouse ex vivo assays (e.g. PBMC isolation from blood, T cell activity, cytokine release, ELISA etc.)

Experience working with murine models, including dissociation of murine tissue to single cell suspensions and subsequent analysis, would be an advantage
Experience working on drug discovery projects, in academia or industry

We get things done, we keep things simple and we’re driven by the science. We’re ambitious so we work hard to create an environment where we can take smart risks. We want to be innovative so encourage debate and collaboration to challenge the usual way of doing things. We love our celebrations, socialising and perks, which make F-star a fun and diverse place to work.  And most of all, everyone has the opportunity to make a difference.


Pension (8% Employer contribution)
Equity Incentives
Private Medical Insurance and Health Cash Plan
Life assurance
25 days paid holiday, plus the option to buy 5 days
Travel insurance
Enhanced Maternity, Paternity, Adoption pay
Agile working opportunities
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This role is to be based from our laboratories and office space based on the Babraham Research Campus, South Cambridgeshire, UK.

This is a full-time time position working 37.5 hours per week. While primarily a laboratory-based role, F-star is proud to fully embrace agile working which gives you options in how, where and when you get your work done, including flexible working hours and home working.

Application Instructions: 


If you feel this role is right for you, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please visit our website: and upload your CV for us to view. Those that shine brightest will be contacted to discuss the role further, however, we aim to get back to everyone with a response either way.

We may choose to close the role sooner than the application closing date depending on volume of candidates and so we encourage early applications.

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Application Closing Date: 
8 October 2022