Vector Production Scientist

Vector Production · Harwell, Oxfordshire
Department Vector Production
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

The company


Vaccitech plc is a fast-growing biotech company. At only five years old we already have a development portfolio of six products, a partnered product that is in commercial production that has seen more than 3 billion doses administered worldwide and an IPO behind us. We are a publicly-listed clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that spun out of the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, one of the most prestigious vaccine research centres in the world. We discover and develop immunotherapeutic products and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer. Our achievements include co-inventing and jointly developing our COVID-19 vaccine candidate VTP-900, now Vaxzevria, which we assigned to Oxford University Innovation to facilitate the licensing of those rights to AstraZeneca. We have clinical studies to explore treatments for patients with HBV and HPV infections and are developing rapid and scalable manufacturing processes for our platforms.


In December 2021 Vaccitech acquired Avidea Technologies with exciting product candidates for oncology and autoimmunity based on the innovative SNAPvax platform, which has demonstrated unprecedented control over T cell induction. This gives us US operational presence in Maryland, complements Vaccitech’s established capabilities and reinforces our position as a fast-growing global leader in immunotherapies and vaccines. From March 2022 Vaccitech's UK headquarters will be moving to a state-of-the-art facility in the UK's leading science and innovation campus at Harwell. We conduct research globally and have ambitious plans in the UK and US, where we will continue to grow our teams over the coming months and years.

The role


Reporting to the Director of Vector Production the Vector Production Scientist will be responsible for the manufacture and analysis of viral vectors as part of the Viral Vector Production team at Vaccitech. The role of the team is to ensure high quality production of viral-vectored vaccines for GMP manufacture and pre-clinical work. The role will be primarily laboratory-based work. The Scientist will play an integral role production of viral vectors using cell-culture based systems. The Scientist will ensure that the studies, tests, and procedures performed in the laboratory follow quality procedures for all aspects of work. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Conduct laboratory work involved in the construction, growth, and evaluation of viral vector vaccine candidates
  • Assist in ordering supplies, making reagents, and maintaining the laboratory in order to conduct necessary experiments
  • Maintain and evaluate both mammalian and bacterial cell cultures for growth conditions, DNA purification and viral vector production
  • Assist in studies to optimize the ability to manufacture viral-vectored vaccines, such as evaluation of alternative systems, host or vector gene deletions or insertions, viral culture yield, systems for viral growth, etc.
  • Evaluate and perform analytic assays to determine the quality, yield, stability, etc. of specific candidates or of specific manufacturing process conditions
  • Work under Vaccitech quality conditions, following technical Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ensure that the laboratory and activities comply with Vaccitech quality standards and that all results produced are documented, reviewed, and presented appropriately.
  • Participate in the development and conduct of laboratory meetings


What we can offer you


The successful candidate will be degree educated in a life science discipline and have a minimum of three years’ experience in a laboratory working with adherent and suspension cell culture systems. You will have experience in bacterial cell culture for generation of plasmid DNA as well as experience in routine QC testing methods (standard PCR, SDS-PAGE, uv spectroscopy etc.)


It is beneficial to be proficient in conducting QC using a variety of additional methodologies e.g., qPCR, DNA sequencing, virus quantification by titration, western blot. Similarly, proficiency in conducting viral vector production using cell culture-based systems is also advantageous.


Notice to recruiters


Vaccitech’s internal Talent Acquisition leads recruitment and employment for Vaccitech. Unsolicited resumes sent to Vaccitech from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Vaccitech and do not obligate Vaccitech to pay fees should we hire from those resumes. Vaccitech operate a preferred list of recruitment suppliers, any and all enquiries about joining us as a supplier should be directed to Vaccitech’s TA Team. We ask that external recruiters and/ or agencies not contact or present candidates directly to our hiring manager or employees.

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  • Location
    Harwell, Oxfordshire
  • Department
    Vector Production
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience