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At 4D pharma, we understand that developing a new therapeutic class is challenging. We also understand that our people are our greatest resource – and we look to recruit ambitious and talented individuals from all over the world to be part of this exciting new area of medicine.

Please see our current career opportunities below:

About the Company

4D Pharma PLC is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutics from the human gut microbiome. Live biotherapeutic products (LBPs) represent a new class of drugs that contain live bacterial strains for the prevention, treatment or cure of disease. 4D Pharma is a world leader in the LBP field and currently has a number of clinical stage programs (in oncology, asthma, IBS and IBD) and a strong pipeline of pre-clinical programs in autoimmunity, inflammation, oncology and CNS disease.

Purpose of the Job

The successful candidate will primarily provide scientific and technical expertise to the activities of the Host Team at 4D Pharma Research Ltd in Aberdeen. The primary focus of this team is to perform high-throughput screening assays and to investigate the mechanisms behind the host-microbe interactions of our LBPs. The successful candidate will be involved in developing and running in vitro assays and preclinical models for drug discovery to identify and characterize the mode of action of candidate LPBs for different therapeutic areas, and in particular for the oncology program. The post holder will be expected to design new assays and studies, personally execute laboratory activities, and to supervise and mentor junior team members in various lab-based activities. We are seeking an individual with a proven ability to translate these skills into robust and reliable data and to develop and undertake high quality research. The post-holder will have the opportunity to engage in the wider research activities of the 4D Pharma Research Team, write up results in the form of reports and publications, present research outcomes at meetings, and generate intellectual property.

Experience / Qualifications Required

  • PhD in oncology, immunology, cell biology, biomedical sciences or other relevant experience - preferably with experience working in an industrial environment in a similar role
  • Strong background in cancer immunology
  • Experience with syngeneic in vivo models
  • Experience in processing ex vivo samples (primary cell isolation, protein and nucleic acid extraction, histology…)
  • Experience with immunological assays (ELISA-based assays, Flow cytometry)
  • Competency in cell culture techniques and strong aseptic technical skills
  • Ability to keep accurate and detailed records of produced results
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work both within a team and independently
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Experience in supervising junior members of staff
  • Desirable: Home office personal licence PILA, PILB
  • Desirable: Experience with basic microbiology techniques

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Assay development and validation for the characterization of LBPs
  • Implement study designs
  • Provide scientific expertise to the Host Team
  • Analyzing data and report results to the Team Leader and senior members of the team
  • Perform laboratory techniques and protocols according to SOPs
  • Keep accurate and detailed records of data
  • Attend and contribute to research group meetings
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team and under minimal supervision from senior team members
  • Train junior members of the team

How to apply

Please send all applications to:

Jemma Bruce

4D Pharma Ltd

Life Sciences Innovation Building

Cornhill Road


AB25 2ZS


Telephone 01224 900 460

We always welcome applications from talented individuals even if a role is not advertised we would be keen to hear from you. Please send your CV to