Scientist; Virology, Cancer & Therapeutic Development

Theolytics is a biotech company working to develop curative cancer therapies. We are a University of Oxford spin-out, backed by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI.) We are harnessing viruses to combat cancer. A step-change in the oncolytic viral therapy field, our Platform enables the discovery and development of efficacious, targeted candidates suitable for intravenous delivery and optimised for a chosen patient population.

Our team is one of the most important elements of who we are and what we do. We combine world leading scientific expertise – encompassing virology, cancer biology, immunology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology – with a track record of translating oncolytic viral therapies into the clinic.

We are looking for a Scientist to join our growing multidisciplinary team, and to take a central role in protecting the Intellectual Property Portfolio of the company. This position represents an excellent opportunity for someone looking to take a key role in the discovery and development of an early stage oncolytic virus product through to clinical application.

The successful applicant will be working in a fast paced environment with a team of scientists to design and execute experiments and to deliver strategic research and development goals. The candidate must be a proactive, organised individual and possess a range of technical expertise and knowledge in cancer biology, immunology or virology.

We are looking for someone who is a self-starter, has excellent communication skills, can interact with a diverse group of scientific disciplines and is happy to jump in when required in what will be an exciting work environment.



  • Design and execution of cutting edge research projects.
  • Development of data packages to support patent applications.
  • Make detailed observations, maintain accurate records, analyse data and rigorously interpret results.
  • Prioritization of workloads and coordination of scientific work streams and processes.
  • Collation and presentation of research findings at internal meetings.
  • Contribution to a range of key strategic documents including: reports and presentations, patent applications, and regulatory filings.

Required skills and experience

  • A PhD in Cancer Biology, Virology, Immunology or similar discipline.
  • Competence in various cell culture techniques.
  • Experience in the development, optimisation and execution of cellular assays, including the use of flow cytometry.
  • Basic molecular biology/biochemistry skills (eg. DNA/RNA extraction and quantitation, PCR, qPCR, ELISA.)
  • Strong team player who enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, and is adaptable to evolving business needs.
  • Evidence of impactful research experience through publications, patents and/or presentations at national/international conferences.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations in a laboratory environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong IT skills (including proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and comfort using shared drives.

Advantageous skills, experience and attributes

  • Experience in preparing data packages to support patent/regulatory filings is advantageous.
  • Experience working with oncolytic viruses and/or adenoviruses.
  • Knowledge of cancer biology.
  • Experience with in vivo tumour models.
  • Experience in handling and processing primary tissue samples.
  • Experience with next generation sequencing.
  • Pharmaceutical and/or biotech industry experience.
  • High motivation for, and commitment to, research on anticancer therapies and drug discovery.
  • Initiative, and a willingness and propensity to take on responsibility.
  • A collaborative attitude with a flair for problem-solving.

Company Benefits:

Competitive salary, excellent holiday allowance, flexible working hours, frequent company socials, ongoing training and workshops and an employer-matched pension scheme.

How to Apply

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