Associate Scientist – Gene Editing


FIXED DURATION: Permanent
WAGE: £20,000 – £28,000 per annum dependent on experience
HOURS: Full-time

 

Oxford Genetics, a leader in synthetic biology, is a specialised contract research organisation offering services to support the discovery, development and production of biologics, with a particular focus on viral vectors for gene therapy applications. A unifying theme across the portfolio is expertise in DNA design, expression system optimisation, cell line development and engineering of viral delivery systems. 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!

 

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Gene Editing Associate Scientist will be involved in a range of internal platform development and commercial projects, predominantly focused on expanding gene editing capabilities and platforms at Oxford Genetics. OG has a number of on-going programmes in this area, and multiple government supported grant awards, which the recipient will contribute towards. 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.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to define project goals and deliverables, in line the planned project objectives
  • 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

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

  • BSc or MSc in relevant discipline, with significant laboratory experience
  • Experience working in a commercial/industry setting is preferred but not essential

 

PREFERRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Standard mammalian cell culture techniques and methods for both adherent and suspension cell lines
  • Strong molecular biology skills, including PCR, RT-PCR and qRT-PCR
  • Generation of viral vectors, including lentivirus, retrovirus and AAV
  • Experience in cell biology assays including, Western Blot, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence
  • Use of gene editing tools (including CRISPR) for cell engineering and screening purposes
  • Experience of Flow cytometry and cell sorting

 

COMPANY BENEFITS

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 and a friendly working environment in an exciting and expanding young company.

 

JOB LOCATION

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. Our UK office address is: Oxford Genetics Ltd, Medawar Building, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GA.

 

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.

 

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.

 

PRE EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

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.

 

 

To apply for the position then please send a cover letter and CV to recruitment@oxgene.com