Scientist, Bioanalysis and Biomarker (12 month FTC)

F-star Therapeutics

Closing Date: 26/01/2024


F-star, an invoX company, is an innovation-focused biotech company dedicated to delivering next-generation multispecific antibody therapeutics so more people with cancer and other serious diseases can live longer and with improved lives. Our clinically validated multispecific antibody platform has delivered a deep proprietary and partnered pipeline of promising clinical and preclinical drug product candidates.

The “plug-and-play” format of our Fcab® and mAb2® technology platform enables rapid discovery of differentiated drug product candidates with a natural human antibody format that allows for a straightforward manufacturing process, favourable safety profile and strong biological potency. We are dedicated to delivering exciting next-generation antibody therapeutics, including exploring new drug modalities (e.g., multispecifics, antibody-drug conjugates), new indications and disease areas.

The Company has attracted multiple partnerships with biopharma targeting significant unmet needs across several disease areas, including oncology, immunology, and CNS.

We offer a flexible, collaborative, and inclusive working environment which empowers our teams to successfully contribute towards transforming the lives of patients with serious diseases. Our laboratories and office space are headquartered on the beautiful Babraham Research Campus, in the life science hub of Cambridge, UK.


You will be working within our Translational Pharmacology team in the Translational Sciences Department for a 12 month period in the first instance. You will support the progression of projects through pre-clinical development to regulatory submission. This is a lab-based role developing and qualifying/validating bioanalytical assays either for analysing non-regulated study samples in our Cambridge facility, or for transfer and technical supervision of work conducted within contract research organisations. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team supporting projects from pre-Candidate Selection stage through to early phases of clinical trials.


• Acting as the Bioanalytical/Biomarker Lead to contribute to project goals, providing direction on bioanalytical strategies and giving progress updates to key stakeholders.

• Designing and qualifying/validating methods (e.g. PK, ADA, serum biomarkers) to support analytical strategies in line with Project goals. Carrying out analyses of data to identify issues and implement necessary changes.

• Sharing expertise within the Translational Sciences Department and with other functions in a matrix environment to enhance assay development and bioanalysis activities.

• Leading and contributing to technical troubleshooting with outsourced bioanalytical and biomarker assays, including but not limited to PK, ADA, serum biomarkers, and potentially flow cytometry assays.

• Communicating ideas, experimental strategy, methods and results to line manager, and presenting to project teams.

• Maintaining an up-to-date awareness of scientific literature and competitive intelligence relevant to F-star projects.


We’re looking for someone who is adaptable, keen to learn, and enthusiastic. You’ll be organised with strong attention to detail and confident in delivering work with limited supervision. Communication skills are important along with a proven ability to work well in teams and independently in both face to face and virtual settings. This is a busy role with deadlines to meet and so you’ll be able to prioritise your workload and adapt quickly to change when needed.



• Demonstrated experience in assay development (PK, ADA and matrix biomarkers) within a biotech/biopharma/academic setting.

• Minimum BSc in a relevant biological subject or equivalent qualification or demonstratable experience.

• Experience with Gyrolab and MSD platforms

• Proficient in designing, optimising and qualifying immunological assays and/or biological experiments for robustness and reliable data quality, interpretation of data and trouble shooting.

• Experience understanding factors affecting assay robustness and assay performance.

• Excellent record-keeping and ensuring high levels of data quality.

• Enthusiasm to learn and optimise new methods.


• Experience with cell-based assays.

• Knowledge and interest in immuno-oncology.


We get things done, we keep things simple and we’re driven by the science. We’re ambitious so we work hard to create an environment where we can take smart risks. We want to be innovative so encourage debate and collaboration to challenge the usual way of doing things. We love our celebrations, socialising and perks, which make F-star a fun and diverse place to work. And most of all, everyone has the opportunity to make a difference.


• Pension (8% Employer contribution)

• Private Medical Insurance and Health Cash Plan

• Life assurance

• 25 days holiday increasing with time served, plus the option to buy more

• Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay

• Cyclescheme and Techscheme

• Career development opportunities

• Agile and flexible working

• Social events


Our Laboratories and office space are based on the Babraham Research Campus, South Cambridgeshire. This is a full-time position working 37.5 hours per week.

F-star is proud to fully embrace agile working which, subject to requirements of your role, gives you options in how, where and when you get your work done, including flexible working hours and home working.


If you feel this role is right for you, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply, please visit our website: and upload your CV for us to view. Those that shine brightest will be contacted to discuss the role further, however, we aim to get back to everyone with a response either way.

We may choose to close the role sooner than the application closing date depending on volume of candidates and so we encourage early applications.

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We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

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