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Senior Cell Engineering Scientist (12 Month FTC)

With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.


The Role

We are looking for innovative and highly creative lab-based drug discovery scientists to join our Cell Engineering and Genetic Screening team focused on AI-driven research projects. As a central member of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists passionate about reinventing the way new medicines are developed, you will bring your understanding of cell engineering and gene silencing technologies to rapidly move projects into clinical evaluation.

We are looking for a senior scientist to design and engineer cell lines and support siRNA/shRNA/CRISPR based screenings. You will be expected to analyse and report data to project teams and work in collaboration with multi-functional teams.

Based at the Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge (UK), you will work closely with experts in artificial intelligence, informatics, biological sciences, and chemical sciences teams to devise creative ways to reimagine the way medicines are discovered.

This is a 12 Month fixed-term contract.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Generate cell lines (over-expressing, knock-out, mutated, reporter) to support our technology-enabled drug discovery programmes.
  • Perform gene silencing experiments (siRNA, shRNA, CRISPR) for target validation screenings.
  • Support cell-based assays.
  • Capture data using electronic lab books and databases such as Dotmatics.
  • Write guidance documents and SOPs.

We are looking for someone with

  • PhD or equivalent in biological sciences or a closely related discipline, with 3-5 years of industrial research experience preferred.
  • Hands-on experience in designing and generating cell lines (over-expressing, knock-out, mutated, reporter).
  • Strong background and understanding of siRNA, shRNA and CRISPR technologies.
  • Experience in designing, optimising and running genetic screening, in a variety of cell types (immortalised cell lines and primary cell).
  • Experience with flow cytometry, RT-qPCR, Western blotting is desirable.
  • Experience with automation is preferred.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills, both verbal and written, with an ability to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a safe manner ensuring procedures/SOPs are followed at all times.

We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey.  If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.

About us

BenevolentAI (AMS: BAI) is a leading, clinical-stage AI-enabled drug discovery and development company listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. Through the combined capabilities of its AI platform, scientific expertise, and wet-lab facilities, BenevolentAI is well-positioned to deliver novel drug candidates with a higher probability of clinical success than those developed using traditional methods. The Benevolent Platform™ powers a growing in-house pipeline of 13 named drug programmes and over 10 exploratory programmes, and it maintains successful collaborations with AstraZeneca, as well as leading research and charitable institutions. BenevolentAI is headquartered in London, with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

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