Research Associate (75-100%)

2 weeks ago


Agenus is a pioneer in the emerging field of Immuno-oncology. For two decades, Agenus has been creating and advancing patient-specific anticancer vaccines in the effort to harness the power of the immune system to control or eradicate cancer. We now have a portfolio of innovative approaches that include checkpoint modulators, personalized anticancer vaccines and powerful adjuvants. We are dedicated scientists, researchers, biotechnologists, physicians, and businesspeople working together toward one goal: minimize the burden of cancers and infections by helping the body heal itself through the power of science.


The work we do at Agenus is cutting edge and deeply motivating. We believe passionately in our technology, in our pipeline, and in our responsibility to deliver on the promise of immunology to treat cancer and infectious disease. Our environment fosters innovation and leadership at every level. We encourage people to think and dream big. We provide the opportunity to apply your many talents and develop your career in creative and sometimes unconventional ways. If you’re looking for an inspired environment, passionate colleagues, and a culture that nurtures learning, innovation and team success, we invite you to join us.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible Research Associate to join our growing Protein Science team  at our Cambridge site in the UK.  This role is a one-year fixed-term contract with possibility of extension, and can either be part or full-time, ranging from 75-100% over Monday to Friday inclusive.


The scope of hands-on involvement will cover transient expression of recombinant proteins from mammalian cell culture, including:

  • Co-ordinating requests and materials for transient protein expression
  • Scheduling work within  the expression pipeline
  • Maintaining stocks of mammalian cell culture (HEK & CHO)
  • Transient mammalian cell transfection and protein expression at various scales
  • Routine lab procedures such as DNA purification, protein quantification and SDS-PAGE
  • Managing resources for a small tissue culture lab

In addition, you will have a keen eye for detail and an aptitude for organized work flows. You will work and communicate well within a small team, and be responsible for coordinating with facilities staff to ensure the smooth running of the tissue culture lab.


Either a Master’s degree, or native equivalent, in a biology or biotechnology discipline or 2-4 years of relevant experience gained from working in industry.



  • Experience with and maintainance of cell culture using aseptic techniques.
  • Some experience in molecular biology and protein handling would be advantageous, but training can be provided for the right candidate.
  • Confident grasp of software packages such as Microsoft Office and data recording. Further experience with related software packages a benefit.


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