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The Keltie LLP life sciences & chemistry team has developed leading-edge expertise in protecting and defending computer-implemented inventions in chemistry and biology. As patent attorneys with global reach, we specialise in intellectual property law and management. We act directly before the European Patent Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Through our network of trusted foreign associates, we offer corresponding services all over the world in every major market. We have a growing practice of dynamic clients that span the fields of synthetic biology, bioinformatics, computer-aided drug design, and pharmacokinetic modelling.

Our success has been built on a simple insight: that our clients are best served by talented people who love what they do and how they work. We are seeking a new member to join our team as a trainee patent attorney who can help build on our unique expertise in this field and expand our practice into new areas at the forefront of precision biology, laboratory automation and data science. It is also expected that the candidate will gain experience of working within our software and telecommunications team to help us provide the multidisciplinary bridge between technologies that our clients require.

An ideal candidate will have a background in bioinformatics, data science or computational biology. The candidate should have at least a first degree and preferably a post-graduate qualification (e.g. Masters or PhD) in a life science, ideally molecular biology, biological engineering or medicinal chemistry. However, we are also open to candidates with an interdisciplinary background including computer sciences, knowledge of coding or mathematics as applied to biological or pharmacological problems. The candidate will need to demonstrate confidence in written English, a willingness to engage with our energetic client base, as well as a keen interest in intellectual property law and the commercial exploitation of science. The ability to converse in an additional language to English could be advantageous but is not essential.

A successful candidate will be awarded an initial one year training contract with Keltie to develop their skills and experience further. The typical starting salary will range from £31,000 to £33,000 (+ benefits) depending upon experience and qualifications. Successful completion of the training contract will lead to a permanent position as a trainee patent attorney with the firm in our expanding Cambridge office (although there will be regular opportunities to work in our other offices). Candidates will be supported through the process of qualification to become a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and also a European Patent Attorney.

We uphold the highest standards in our work, serving our clients with a unique blend of energy and professionalism. The pride we feel in our firm is surpassed only by our excitement for what we plan to achieve together.

If you would like to achieve great things with us and believe you could be the successful candidate that we are seeking, please get in touch.

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Technology
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: £31,000 - £33,000 + Benefits
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