About Oxford Genetics

Oxford Genetics, a leader in synthetic biology, is a specialized contract research organization 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 optimization, 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!





Job Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time office and laboratory based

Salary: £18,000 - £25,000 Dependent on Experience



Role Overview:

As a Laboratory Automation Technician at Oxford Genetics you will carry out a range of processes to provide support for a large number of automation platforms for diverse applications, including molecular biology (DNA extraction, PCR, colony-picking), cell culture (imaging, hit-picking) and analytics (qPCR, ELISA), with a view to increasing departmental efficiency.

This will involve working closely within a small dedicated team, and with other laboratory-based colleagues to assure all automated laboratory tasks are run to a high standard and meet any quality standards in place. An ability to follow key processes at high throughput is essential, as well as confidence in teaching and supervising others.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Performing weekly and monthly validations.
  • Inventory and stock management.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of robotic platforms.
  • Supervising and training other lab users in the use of robotic platforms.
  • Assisting the laboratory automation team with the development of methods.
  • Independent development of methods and other robotic procedures.

Minimum Essential Qualifications Or Experience Needed:

  • A BSc in life or physical sciences.
  • Able to demonstrate a keen interest in laboratory automation and the will to gain more experience within the fields of laboratory automation and robotics.
  • Strong IT skills and an interest in programming.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Preferred Desirable Skills And Abilities:

This is an entry-level position and, as such, no prior experience working with liquid-handling robots is expected. Full training on our automation platforms will be provided, however experience in the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Working in controlled manufacturing environments, or an understanding and appreciation of GLP.
  • LIMS or document control procedures.
  • Carrying out calibration and day to day maintenance on laboratory equipment.
  • Some practical experience of molecular biology or cell culture techniques.

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 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 and 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.




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 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 and 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.

Company Benefits

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


Job Locations

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 addresses are: Oxford Genetics Ltd, Medawar Building and Northbrook House, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4HG.


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.

Strictly no agencies, thank you


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 a work health assessment.


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


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