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Cell Biology Leader


Oxfordshire £40k – £50k
permanent Job Ref: 6563


An innovative start-up has an exciting opportunity for a Cell Biology Leader to join its team. This is a leadership role, where your primary focus will be to develop cell biology protocols that support low cost, large-scale, reproducible manufacturing processes. You will have PhD in a life science and significant experience in cell biology in an industrial R&D environment.


  • Design, plan, and implement R&D Cell Biology activities, ensuring that deliverables are successfully met within timeline
  • Lead on the development and implementation of strategies to optimise cell growth for all cell types (stem, satellite, adipose, co-culture cells, …)
  • Work closely with your R&D Cell Biology team, providing guidance and coaching to develop their skills
  • Provide written and verbal progress reports to the CEO and VP Research & Development, including presenting at Board meetings when required
  • Participate as a key member of the R&D management team with responsibility for day-to-day decision making within your team
  • Determine the most appropriate methodologies to test hypotheses, and identify suitable alternatives if technical problems arise
  • Gather, analyse, and present scientific data from a variety of sources
  • Document research findings clearly in an electronic lab book
  • Select, follow, and adapt experimental protocols and generate laboratory SOPs
  • Support general laboratory management and administration, including stock control of laboratory consumables
  • Support the preparation of laboratory risk assessments and maintenance of health and safety protocols
  • Contribute to discussions and share research findings with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups (as required)
  • Represent Ivy Farm at conferences and/or industry meetings (as required)



  • PhD in life sciences related subject; e.g. cell biology, biochemistry, with experience in stem cell biology OR extensive experience in stem cell culture, differentiation and cell engineering
  • 4+ years delivering R&D objectives in an academic or corporate environment
  • In-depth expertise in cell biology and protocol development
  • Management experience leading a research team with a proven track record of success


  • Molecular biology skills e.g. PCR and/or qPCR
  • Immunofluorescence and flow cytometry experience
  • Experience with maintaining and differentiating mammalian ESCs and iPSCs
  • Experience with muscle cells is a bonus
  • Experience refining protocols and methodologies to reduce cost base
  • Successful track-record of project management


  • Flexible problem-solver with a desire to “roll-up-your-sleeves” to get things done
  • Focussed executor, who understand the importance of key goals and milestones, able to deliver efficiently and effectively within budget
  • Straightforward communicator, with an openness and honesty to bring clarity and drive alignment to encourage swift decision making
  • Motivational manager, aware of team dynamics with an ability to get the best out of a diverse group of personalities
  • Credibility as a presenter, able to translate complex scientific concepts to a range of expert and non-expert audiences
  • Read, write and speak fluent English
  • Authorized to work in the UK


You are a positive and pro-active person who wants to move into a new role in a fast-growing new start-up. You are science/data driven but have an interest in business and a willingness to learn about this specialist industry.

You are looking for a company that will provide interesting project work and hands-on training. The purpose of the work must be clear with a company mission you can believe in.

You are pursuing a career where a job title is not considered the final definition and there is plenty of opportunity to shape a growing organisation.


This is a start-up, fast paced organization. The desire and ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment are critical. Some travel will be required.

Salary £40k - £50k

Job Ref: 6563