Oxford Genetics - Associate Scientist - Gene Editing
Oxford Genetics, a leader in synthetic biology, is a specialised contract research organisation offering services to support the discovery, development and production of biologics. A unifying theme across the portfolio is expertise in DNA design, viral vector construction and cell line engineering. We are located within purpose-fitted laboratories at the Oxford Science Park, just South of Oxford.
We are in a phase of rapid expansion and are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists and engineers to join the team and help facilitate the next stage of our development as a company. We aim to be both innovative and entrepreneurial in everything we do - join us and contribute to this exciting journey!
The Associate Scientist (Gene Editing) will be involved in a range of internal platform development and commercial projects, predominantly focused on Oxford Genetics mammalian cell engineering platform. This area of the business has expanded significantly in the last 12-months, and this role will contribute significantly to its further operational development. 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.
Individuals with an enthusiasm for operational excellence, and for optimising procedures and processes are particularly encouraged to apply.
• Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to define project goals and deliverables, in line with the planned project objectives
• Contribute towards the design and execution of experiments
• To keep up to date with the scientific literature and developments in the field
• Provide project summaries and reporting, as required
• To adhere strictly to established quality standards, essential for on-going activities
• Provide accurate record keeping at all times
• Carrying out any other duties commensurate with the grading of the position, as required.
• BSc or MSc in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell biology or relevant discipline, with significant laboratory experience (>1 year)
• Standard mammalian cell culture techniques and methods for both adherent and suspension cell lines
• Strong molecular biology skills, including primer design, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, RT-PCR and qRT-PCR
• Experience in cell biology assays, including, transfection, stable cell line generation, western blotting, and immunofluorescence
• Background knowledge and experience of using gene editing tools (including CRISPR) for cell engineering and screening purposes
• Experience of Flow cytometry and cell sorting
• Experience working in a commercial/industry setting is preferred
Job Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time Laboratory and office based.
Salary: GBP20,000 - GBP28,000 per annum plus benefits dependent on experience
25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays, Pension with matched employer contribution to 7%, Health Insurance, Group Life Cover, Glasses Vouchers and a friendly working environment in an exciting and expanding young company.
We have offices in the UK and USA. This role will be located at The Oxford Science Park, just 4 miles south east of Oxford, with parking and good public transport links from Oxford.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom without sponsorship.
Please send a CV. 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 the Recruitment inbox and copy in the HR Manager.
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DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
We provide all our staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that enables and empowers everyone to develop and deliver professional excellence. We recognise diversity is vital for innovation and creativity and value each individual's contribution. Entry into employment with Oxford Genetics and further progression will be determined by personal merit and the application of criteria related to the duties of the role. The ability to perform the role will be the primary consideration on entry into employment and to successfully pass probation.
The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work in the UK, proof of identity, references and health assessment.
Please apply online with your CV and covering letter.