Research Associate (RA)


The Company

IONTAS is an internationally renowned research company offering antibody discovery services focussed on antibody phage display, a technique originally invented by our founder. The company has also invented a proprietary mammalian display platform for identifying high affinity, developable lead antibody candidates with the added advantage of allowing selection for optimal biophysical properties during the earliest stages of drug discovery.

To expand the company and help secure our future IONTAS combined forces with FairJourney Biologics, Portugal. Our joint operation consists of more than 100 scientists and has successfully completed more than 500 projects, with over 100 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. This represents a rare opportunity to experience a huge diversity of projects, spanning all imaginable indications and modalities, and performed in collaboration with world-leading scientists and innovators. Through organic growth and acquisition we will continue to expand our offering centred around antibody discovery using immune and naïve library approaches combined with our next generation mammalian display technology.

The Role

IONTAS are seeking enthusiastic lab-based RAs to join the discovery team at our South Cambridgeshire site. We have a rich scientific environment with a focus on client-based antibody drug discovery projects and innovative platform development. We seek adaptable individuals to deliver on projects and help develop and refine our practices.

As an RA you will be part of an antibody discovery team generating high-quality results for our clients. With guidance from a Team Leader or Scientist, the role will centre on identification and optimisation of biologics and may include optimisation of procedures.

Candidate profile

We are looking for individuals with the following knowledge and expertise (assigned level depends on experience):

  • You have a BSc and/or MSc
  • Familiarity withmolecular biology techniques (e.g. cloning)
  • An enthusiastic outlook and a willingness and desire to learn
  • Ability, under instruction, to meet and exceed goals
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, or independently, as required

One of the following skills/abilities would be an advantage:

  • Flow cytometry and cell culture
  • Immunoassays
  • Display technology techniques (e.g. phage, yeast, ribosome display)
  • Any other experience relevant to antibody discovery & engineering

We are a highly motivated team working within an international group which includes our sister company Fairjourney Biologics in Portugal. We offer career development opportunities and a fun working environment in our expanding Cambridge site.

Applications must be submitted directly through our website, at, before the 15th of November 2021. Please use “Reference 64” for this position.

References & original qualification certificates will be requested subsequent to a job offer. Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide original documents showing eligibility to work in the European Economic Area.

For more information about this position you can contact us at +351 220 736 919.

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