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Head of Protein Sciences

Oxfordshire   •  Negotiable  •  Permanent, Full time

A fast-growth food tech company has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Culture Media and Protein Sciences. You will lead teams across both fields, with your main focus being divided between developing culture medium formulations using high-throughput technology and designing protein engineering strategies such as production of proteins and growth factors towards low cost and large-scale manufacturing. You must have in-depth experience in stem cell biology and experience must include significant time supporting an industrial R&D environment.


  • Deliver low cost culture media formulations for muscle and fat cells using high-throughput screening technologies
  • Evaluate available technologies for the supplementation and cost reduction of proteins in the media
  • Advance protein expression, purification, characterisation and analysis capabilities
  • Determine the most appropriate methodologies to test hypotheses, and identify suitable alternatives if technical problems arise
  • Lead and develop Culture Medium and Protein Sciences team by providing guidance and coaching
  • Ensure that deliverables are successfully met within R&D milestones
  • Responsible for identifying and initiating new avenues of research, including methods to reduce manufacture cost
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate with third parties, e.g. through joint grant applications
  • Participate as a key member of the R&D management team with responsibility for day-to-day decision making within your team
  • Provide written and verbal progress reports to the Senior Leadership Team and to external collaborators as required
  • Keep up to date with field developments and apply these to improve experimental design and assay performance

Qualifications & Experience

  • A PhD in a relevant area of Biological Sciences or related field or MSc with equivalent follow-on experience;
  • ≥ 8 years of post-doctoral or industry experience in relevant area


  • In-depth experience in principles and practices of stem cell biology methodologies, including stem cells or primary cells
  • In-depth expertise in cultured cell biochemistry, metabolism and culture medium development
  • Extensive experience in producing, purifying proteins and analysing their quality and bioactivity
  • Extensive experience with assay development, high-throughput screening and cells or protein characterization
  • Management experience with a proven track record of success delivering R&D projects
  • Experience in leading, developing and motivating successful teams
  • Strategic thinker and a history of independent investigations and innovative thinking
  • Evidence in developing solutions for cost reduction in cell culture


  • Experience in cell culture: maintenance and differentiation of stem or primary cell types
  • Experience in co-culture of different cell types and 3D tissue engineering
  • Good understanding of poly-omics approaches for medium development
  • Expertise with analytical techniques and computational approaches to protein engineering

Skills and personality traits:

  • Advanced problem-solving skill
  • Excellent communication skills both written and spoken
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Able to multitask
  • Initiative
  • Demonstrate positive leadership qualities, and foster a collaborative team environment
  • Model desired values and behaviours, including quality, integrity, respect, and personal accountability

You must have the right to work in the UK. Learn more

  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7140
  • Posted: 13th January 2022
  • Expires: 10th February 2022

Cranleigh Scientific

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