External job opening: Principal scientist cellular immunology & assay development

For one of our clients, a fast growing Biotherapeutics company located at the Biopole (Lausanne), we are looking for a:


To lead validation of novel biological targets, performing and analyzing experiments in the field of immune- oncology and autoimmune diseases to deliver the next wave of novel therapeutic concepts. We are looking for an experienced, independent and flexible team player.


  • Lead the identification and validation of new therapeutic concepts to build the portfolio in immuno- oncology and autoimmune diseases.
  • Lead, develop, perform and analyze immunological assays including but not limited to immuno- oncology assays such as immune profiling using multi-color flow cytometry, multiplex cytokine profiling, gene expression profiling, ELISA, binding assays and functional primary human cell-based assays for the characterization of novel biological candidates.
  • Perform cell culture, including primary human cultures, development and maintenance of cell lines.
  • Contribute to inter-disciplinary research efforts in a cross-functional setting.
  • Design, perform and analyze experiments and communicate results in a timely manner.
  • Maintain experimental records in electronic laboratory notebook format.
  • Review relevant scientific literature, experimental design, troubleshooting, analysis and interpretation of data
  • Assist with general laboratory duties including lab equipment maintenance, ordering and receiving of lab supplies.
  • Lead external collaborations to build the portfolio as needed
  • Comply with all safety guidelines
  • Perform other relevant responsibilities as required.
  • Manage a small team of direct reports



  • PhD (entry level) or Master’s degree in immunology, cellular biology or related life sciences with at least 5 years of experience in drug discovery
  • Solid and demonstrable bench level experience in the development, validation and implementation of immunological assays
  • Hands-on expertise in methodologies, reagents and instruments used for primary cell cultures, flow cytometry (mandatory), ELISA and cytokine analyses
  • Experience with handling primary cells in BSL-2 level facilities, isolation of immune cells from human biological samples (PBMC) is mandatory. Practical knowledge in data analysis using standard software (e.g. Excel, GraphPad, JMP, Flow cytometry dedicated software)
  • Experience in antibody discovery and pharmaceutical industry is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; proficiency in French is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills with the capacity to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a cross-functional team
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent lab management skills and mentoring skills
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to participate in a fast-paced work environment


Any question? Please call Joanna Jones, Head of recruitment: +41 78 619 76 70

Interested? Please apply by e-mail: recruitment@consultantsinscience.com

Consultants in Science
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