Enara Bio™ (formerly known as Ervaxx) is a science-led company targeting the T-cell/cancer cell interface (the “immune synapse”) to develop new targeted cancer immunotherapies designed to treat a broad patient population. Our current focus is the development of novel T-cell therapies based on complementary and proprietary insights from interrogating the immune synapse from both angles – on the tumor side, a growing set of novel tumor-specific targets; and on the T-cell side, a set of robust T-cell receptors (TCRs) with potent tumoricidal activity.

Enara Bio was founded in 2016 and has been well funded to invest in the build out and growth of our proprietary discovery platform and our fantastic team. The company has offices in London, UK and laboratories in Oxford, UK.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a Principal Scientist to join our cellular immunology group who has a deep passion for immunology and the role of T-cells in the exciting field of immuno-oncology. We want you to help to build an understanding of human T-cell biology against Enara Bio's novel tumour-specific antigens and translate this understanding into transformative products that enhance the anti-tumour T cell response in the tumour microenvironment. This is an opportunity for an innovative scientist to discover and develop an early-stage product through to clinical application.

As Principal Scientist you will support our efforts in the Immunology group to identify the most immunogenic antigens to identify optimal antigens for targeting with T cell receptors, vaccines, or other modalities, and selection and characterisation of the most effective T cell receptors for further development. These data will drive the development of biologics and cell therapies to make a meaningful difference for patients suffering from cancer.

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading and Managing a small team of talented immunologists responsible for progressing our research projects.
  • Designing, conducting and evaluating experiments to establish the efficacy of T cell receptors against novel cancer antigens. Developing and trouble-shooting assays for T cell functions.
  • T cell profiling for very low frequency cells (use of Elispot, multimers), FACS sorting/analysis, CTL cloning and recombinant T cell receptor expression/characterization. Killing assays using flow and electrical impedence-based methodology.
  • Establishment of robust T cell expansion protocols for clinical application
  • Actively contributing to a vibrant and innovative working environment where improvements and new ideas are adopted and freely shared among the teams
  • Providing scientific coaching and mentorship for less experienced scientists in the team, as well as other scientists in our matrixed environment
  • Providing expert technical direction, challenge and problem solving in projects
  • Working closely with other research functional teams (e.g. Bioinformatics and Immunopeptidomics) to validate the role of novel T cell antigens and cognate T cell receptors in cancer. This work will form the basis of T cell therapies for cancer

Minimum Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A PhD in a relevant scientific discipline, strong expertise in immunology preferred
  • At least 5+ years’ experience in scientific and leadership roles preferably within biopharma companies, including experience working to develop cell-based therapies
  • Proven experience  of relevant Immunological laboratory techniques.
  • Previous experience of managing a small team of scientists

Closing date:

Until filled

Further information:

The Enara Bio team is driven to make a meaningful difference for people affected by cancer. Our culture is defined by our behavioural ethos:

  • Act with unconditional positive regard and integrity
  • Support each other to grow and develop
  • Promote a collaborative, passionate and fun working environment
  • Innovate by discussing issues, data and ideas openly
  • Respect each other and value our diversity
  • Embrace our shared goals and take ownership of our journey

We look for alignment with these values in all new team members.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate proof of the right to work in United Kingdom.

Enara Bio Limited is an equal opportunities employer.

We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and a benefits package including pension and health insurance.

Apply here: Principal Scientist, Immunology - Enara Bio