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Senior Scientist / Team Leader

Cancer Biology & 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). Over the next 18 months, the team will be rapidly expanding as we develop our R&D activities into the clinic. 


We are looking for a Senior Scientist for Translational Development to join our growing multidisciplinary and dynamic team. This position represents an excellent opportunity for someone looking to take leadership responsibility in the development of an early stage oncolytic virus product through to clinical application. Applicants should have extensive laboratory research experience and a desire to continue in a laboratory-focused role whilst exhibiting strong team leadership. The successful applicant will be working in a fast paced environment to manage a team of 3-5 scientists, design and execute experiments at the interface of cancer and virology and to deliver strategic research and development goals.  


The candidate must be able to prioritise and manage multiple research activities and possess a broad 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.  



  • Prioritization of workloads and coordination of scientific work streams and processes;

  • Management and training of junior scientists;

  • Design and execution of research and development projects; 

  • Collation and presentation of research findings at both internal and external meetings;

  • Contribution to a range of key strategic documents including: reports and presentations, patent applications, and regulatory filings;


Candidate Profile

Required skills and experience include:

  • A PhD in Cancer Biology, Virology, Immunology or similar discipline, with at least 2 years postdoctoral research or industry experience;

  • A track record in managing projects and supervising junior employees;

  • Experience of primary tumour handling, processing and characterisation of cell types by flow cytometry;

  • Evidence of impactful research experience as demonstrated by high-quality 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; and

  • Strong IT skills (including proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and comfort using shared drives. 


Advantageous skills, experience and attributes include:

  • Experience working with oncolytic viruses and adenoviruses;

  • Pharmaceutical and/or biotech industry experience (will put candidates at an advantage);

  • Knowledge of cancer biology, and experience working with primary tumour cultures;

  • High motivation for, and commitment to, research on anticancer therapies and drug discovery;

  • Initiative, and a willingness and propensity to take on responsibility;

  • The ability to lead and energise others; 

  • Experience applying for ethical consent from regulatory bodies; and

  • A collaborative attitude with a flair for problem-solving.

Company Benefits:

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

Compensation: £45,000 - £55,000
Location: Theolytics, Headington, Oxford
Hours: Full-time
Contract Type: Permanent
Reporting to: Chief Scientific Officer

Please apply at the link below with CV and Covering Letter


Please send a CV and cover letter by email to seniorscientist@theolytics.com

Applications will be evaluated in the order that they are received, and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.