Research Associate (KTP)

Vacancy ID: 8490
Location: Other
Department: Genetics and Genome Biology
Vacancy terms: Full time, fixed term contract for 30 months
Salary details: Up to £35,000 per annum pro rata + £2,000 training package pa
Hours per week: 37.5
12 Jan 2024
About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious postgraduate with a background in cancer immunology related field to gain industry experience and fast-track their career development as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate.

Although employed by the University of Leicester, you will be primarily based at Isogenica in Chesterford Research Park near Cambridge with a pivotal role in driving this unique academic and Industrial collaboration. You will be splitting your time between the University of Leicester, where you will be exposed to cutting-edge preclinical research and KOLs in the immuno-oncology field, and Isogenica where you will be part of the process of drug discovery and development as well as commercial aspects involved in the development of new immunotherapies.

You will lead the pre-clinical validation of new single domain-based VHH antibodies aimed at improving outcomes with cancer immunotherapy and generate a novel platform for pre-clinical drug testing. As part of this partnership, you will develop leadership and project management skills, market analysis and commercialisation strategies.


About you
You will hold a PhD in either cancer, immunology or a related field (or equivalent professional qualification) and have extensive laboratory skills and expertise within Biology/Biochemistry. The candidate should have expertise in using pre-clinical models and in relevant approaches and analytical techniques. We are looking for an individual with project management or leadership experience, someone who is familiar with landscape of immunotherapies and patent analysis.
Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Harriet Walter and Arnaud Drapier at


As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to professional development, this role will also be considered on a seconded basis for existing staff members. Please ensure this is discussed with your line manager prior to applying. More information regarding secondments can be found here.

The University of Leicester has been changing the world, and changing people’s lives, for 100 years. When you join us, you’ll become part of a community of Citizens of Change, which includes not only our staff and our current students but also thousands of Leicester graduates around the world.
As a diverse and forward-thinking employer, we embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do. That includes not just our core missions of teaching and research, but also our support for staff, students and our local community through our values of Inspiring, Impactful and Inclusive through our values of Inspiring, Impactful and Inclusive.

We’re committed to the wellbeing of all our staff and to the sustainability of our environment, on our campus and beyond. We offer a competitive salary package, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance, along with opportunities to develop your career in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Apply here via the University of Leicester’s vacancies page: Research Associate in Other – University of Leicester