Lightox - Team Leader (Biology)

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Team Leader (Biology)
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Job Description – Team Leader (Biology)

At LightOx, we are developing a range of new drugs for targeted photo-eradication of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. Using small molecule and protein-based delivery agents, we can target the therapeutic action enabling instant treatment and cell death of selected cells and tissues. The company recently received significant investment to expand our team and provide investment to progress our goals of bringing our innovative light-based treatments to the clinic in Q4 of 2020. 

LightOx has both office and research facilities in North East England, and occupies top-class bioscience laboratory and imaging facilities embedded within a world-class research university in the UK.  


About the Role
The core objectives of this role are to lead-on bioscience laboratory projects in alignment with company priorities and help drive forward team projects central to our pre-clinical research programme. This role will include screening new drugs developed in-house through the chemistry team, in primary and established cell lines, cell imaging and mechanistic characterisation of protein and genetic responses in 2D and 3D models.  This important role involves working as part of a highly interdisciplinary team including senior staff and key collaborators to support the advancement of LightOx’s applied research and development goals. 

Following a satisfactory probationary period, this post is permanent. Remuneration will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Key responsibilities include:

  • The use your technical knowledge and laboratory skills to perform and lead bioscience research to improve and expand our therapeutic offerings
  • Contribute ideas to R&D programmes and monitor and drive project development with the rest of the R&D team to ensure project objectives are delivered within agreed scope, timeline and budget
  • Communicate project information and priorities within LightOx and with key collaborators
  • Work with senior staff to identify bio-laboratory risks and effective mitigation actions are put in place and monitored
  • Provide regular project updates and research reports to key stakeholders, tracking project outcomes and alerting managers to potential issues
  • Participate in project team meetings and where appropriate, provide clear agendas and meeting minutes in collaboration with senior staff
  • Attend trade shows or conferences and contribute to other business development activities as required

Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Hold a PhD in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or related discipline
  • Experience of laboratory work within the commercial and academic sectors is essential
  • Experience in 2D/3D cell culture, experimental design and sub-cellular microscopy and experience in drug/pharmaceutical development is desirable
  • Ability to lead teams, supervise laboratory work, enact safe working practices and participate in product production and supply to end users
  • Will have a proven ability to meet deadlines, write high quality reports and papers
  • Demonstrated ability to meet and maintain laboratory health and safety procedures
  • Able to critically analyse and apply initiative to solve problems and troubleshoot, both as an individual and through the wider interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience working effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Previous management experience would be an asset

Personal Attributes

  • Outgoing, friendly and approachable.
  • Flexible with ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Able to work creatively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • Able to critique and improve activity through continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Able to work independently and as a team player.
  • Able to work under pressure and meet demanding timelines.

Please send your CV and covering letter to our recruitment team at

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