The Group Leader - AAV Vectors will be involved in a range of internal platform development and commercial projects, focused on AAV vector engineering. This will include establishing and further developing screening strategies for identification of novel capsids and promoters, identifying factors which influence viral replication, production and transduction, and progressing Oxford Genetics transgene optimisation methodologies.

The candidate should have an extensive background in Viral vector engineering, particularly AAV, with a solid understanding of vector biology, genetics, and translational applications. Oxford Genetics has a particular focus on automation and intelligent experimental design, so experience or aptitude in bioinformatics or data science would be advantageous.

Group Leaders are expected to take a scientific and technical leadership role, while providing support and training to scientists and technicians working in the group. The position will involve extensive interaction with both internal and external stakeholders, and the ability to show commitment to scientific development and innovation are considered essential.


  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to define project goals and deliverables, in line with the planned project objectives
  • To keep up-to date with the scientific literature and developments in the field
  • Set an example to other colleagues, and to train junior staff in appropriate techniques
  • Provide project summaries and reporting, as required
  • Promote and suggest implementation of new methods, technologies and processes to ensure best practice
  • Support line manager with customer interactions, and in ensuring smooth running of the group.
  • To adhere strictly to established quality standards, essential for on-going activities
  • Provide accurate record keeping at all times


  • PhD/DPhil in relevant discipline, with significant experience (>4 years)
  • Experience working in a commercial/industry environment is preferred but not essential
  • Demonstrated people management ability, through supervision and development of junior colleagues
  • Strong network within AAV research and/or commercial arena



  • High-level knowledge and experience of viral vector genetics/engineering, production and characterisation, with a focus on AAV
  • Solid understanding of development pipeline for novel gene therapy products
  • Extensive track record of handling a range of adherent and suspension mammalian cell lines
  • Good experience with analytical techniques including flow cytometry, qPCR, ELISA, HPLC
  • Direct line management experience
  • Good attention to detail



  • Translational experience in gene therapy
  • Use of gene editing tools for cell engineering
  • Experience of designing, constructing and/or screening libraries (capsids, promoters, CDS, etc.) in vitro and in vivo
  • Use of robotic liquid handling and automation systems


In addition to undertaking the duties above, the post-holder will be expected to fully adhere to the following:

Personal Development

  • To actively participate in their performance review and work towards objectives set.
  • To take responsibility for their own professional development ensuring professional standards are maintained and mandatory training is in date.
  • To attend training as requested.


Code of Conduct and Quality

  • To uphold the company mission and values.
  • To support the company in developing an effective work/life balance for employees that meets the needs of the organisation.
  • To adhere to quality processes and procedures and strive for continuous quality improvement.


Equal Opportunities/Diversity

  • To observe the company’s Equal Opportunities Policy providing equality of treatment and opportunity to employees, irrespective of sex, sexuality, age, marital status, ethnic origin or disability.

Health & Safety

  • To take responsibility for the health & safety of themselves and other persons who may be affected by their omissions or actions at work.
  • To promote the company Health and Safety Policy and ensure matters are managed in accordance with it.
  • To report accidents, incidents and near misses, implementing corrective action where necessary.

Confidentiality and Data Security

  • To comply fully with the duties and responsibilities outlined the company handbook regarding confidentiality.
  • To comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 and future similar legislation and ensure that all information collected, stored and used is done so in compliance with the Act.
  • To preserve the confidentiality of any information in connection with their employment.  This obligation shall continue in perpetuity.
  • To ensure that all information collected, stored and used is done so in compliance with legislation
  • To preserve the confidentiality of any information in connection with their employment.  This obligation shall continue in perpetuity.
  • Job type:     Permanent
    Hours:          Full time Office and Laboratory Based
    Salary:         Competitive plus benefits, dependent on experience


25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays, Pension with matched employer contribution to 7% with salary exchange, Health Insurance, Group Life Cover, Glasses Vouchers and a friendly working environment in an exciting and expanding company.


Candidates must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom without sponsorship.

Please send a CV to . Your CV should include evidence that demonstrates how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks. Your application will be judged on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description. Internal applicants apply directly to Human Resources, copying in their Line Manager.