Laboratory Technician - Automation Platform Development

Laboratory Technician - Automation Platform Development

Job Title: Laboratory Technician - Automation Platform Development
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxford
Salary: Up to £25,000 plus excellent benefits
Start Date: 2018-11-09
Reference: 16047 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 09, 2018 16:10

Job Description

James Hume is recruiting for someone to join the Automation team at this company leading the way in the application of synthetic biology to the discovery, development, and manufacture of cell & gene therapies, in particular viral vectors.  Due to the demand for their expertise in automation systems they need to recruit a Technician to support the development of their automation and robotic platforms for diverse applications including molecular biology, cell biology, and analytics.

The Company
The company are at the cutting edge of the use of Synthetic Biology to streamline the discovery, development and production of biologics, cell & gene therapies.  Their approach combines cutting edge use of bioinformatics taking advantage of algorithms and other tools that drive forward the rational designs of complex biological systems at the DNA level.  These are then assembled on their automated platform technology which enables them to develop systems for the discovery, engineering, and production of antibodies, viral vectors, packaging & production cell lines for lentivirus and AAV manufacture, CRISPR libraries and CRISPR engineering.  They intend to continue to build in the Viral Therapeutics field based on the capabilities of their technology and the demand for their Lentiviral, AAV and Adenoviral vectors.

They are going through a continued period of expansion due to the demand of their services from industry as well as after entering some major longstanding partnerships.  In addition to this they have other technologies under development after securing funding that will further enhance the portfolio of services they can offer.   They have an excellent culture where staff are all working closely together with the opportunity of rapid promotion as part of their culture and provide the chance to learn new skills.  In addition to the career path they are conscious of the work team members put in and because of this arrange regular events outside of work, away days and other events internally.

Job Summary:
This is an excellent to join a cutting-edge team pioneering the use of automation systems and their application in synthetic biology laboratories for this company offering specialized contract services to support the discovery, development and manufacture of new technologies. 

As the Technician, you will be conducting a wide range of processes to support R&D programmes including molecular biology (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, and colony picking), cell culture (e.g. imaging, Hit picking) and analytics (qPCR and ELISA).  With the purpose to increasing the capabilities of the department, optimizing and developing new processes.  Alongside the running of experiments, you will train others in the use of robotic platform and the development of methods.

This is an excellent opportunity to get your career off to a flying start in a fast developing company at the cutting edge of science who have great potential.

Desired Skills and Experience:
You will need to be educated to at least BSc level in a relevant life or physical science, preferably with experience of working in an automated laboratory or the desire to work in one or using robotics.  You will need to have good IT skills and an interest in programming.  As this is an entry level position so you do not need to have experience of working with liquid handling robots, if you do this is an advantage to your application. However, if you have experience of GLP, or working in a LIMS environment, or practical experience with molecular or cell biology this will be advantageous to your application.

In addition to a competitive salary, the company offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Pension with matched employer contribution to 7%
  • Health Insurance
  • Group Life Cover
  • Child Care Voucher Scheme
  • Glasses Vouchers
  • Modern, welcoming working environment