Scientist IV, Vector Engineering

Oxford BioMedica (UK) Limited
Closing date
13 Oct 2020
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Our employees are able to develop their careers in exciting new medical technologies, and so can you.

We are currently recruiting for a Scientist IV to join our Vector Engineering Group.  The purpose of this role is to plan, execute and report laboratory-based experiments or analytical investigations in accordance with scientific or regulatory requirements, in alignment with department objectives

Your responsibilities in this role would be:

  • To undertake laboratory projects within the Vector Innovation Team towards improved lentiviral vector design
  • Technically support broader projects within the Vector Innovation Team and wider Vector Engineering and Platform Research Groups as required
  • To be able to work independently and collaboratively according to the requirements of the project
  • To maintain knowledge in the field through scientific literature and conferences, and to report back items of interest accordingly
  • Accountable for own performance in alignment with group objectives and deadlines. Design and conduct experiments /investigations in accordance with correct methodologies and procedures under the direction of the Group Lead.
  • Ensure a high standard of record keeping and documentation of experiments and investigations in order that information is clearly captured and disseminated and reported.
  • Present scientific data at internal meetings and external venues such as conferences.
  • Will report to the Group Leader or his/her delegated grade 5 to 6 scientist.
  • Conduct research and technical support of the highest quality, largely in a single project area but will assist in other projects as the need arises.
  • Ensure correct training requirements are met and that the training record is kept correct and up to date
  • Ensure experimental data is submitted to PatentSafe in a timely manner.
  • May be responsible for maintenance of a laboratory area and/or important equipment.
  • Personally responsible for the completion of tasks in relation to their criticality.
  • Joint responsibility for maintenance and compliance of a GxP laboratory area and GxP “housekeeping” procedures.
  • Work will be conducted in accordance with the OXB quality management system.
  • Writing and reviewing of departmental documentation and SOP’s.
  • Preparation of reports and documents to support GxP and regulatory activities.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following skills and experience:

  • PhD or BSc/MSc Degree in an appropriate discipline with relevant post-qualification experience
  • Knowledge in Virology and gene therapy would be an advantage
  • Laboratory experience with particular emphasis on one or more of the following: Tissue Culture, qPCR, Molecular Biology, flow cytometry and handling virus/viral vectors
  • Demonstrate competency in performing laboratory tasks and general experimental procedures with expertise in protein purification.
  • Trained to operate equipment in accordance with OXB procedures and requirements. Responsibility for a single piece of equipment and the ability to troubleshoot.
  • Expertise in the use of complex instrumentation eg qPCR, FACS or using difficult biological procedures that requires a specialist knowledge or skill.
  • Understanding of laboratory health and safety requirements.
  • Sufficient understanding of the overall activities in the department to contribute useful ideas at meetings.
  • Familiar with the literature relating to project area.
  • Capable of interpreting results from experiments and drawing conclusions but may need guidance from senior scientists.
  • Capable of explaining clearly why an experiment is being conducted and how the experiments help the group meet their objectives.
  • Good knowledge of the overall research programme in your group.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Quality management reporting structure/responsibilities within OXB.
  • High regard for safety and display a high level of good laboratory citizenship.
  • Detailed knowledge of the regulatory requirements for analytical work (e.g. product specifications, stability testing guidelines etc) is required.

Do you want to feel inspired every day? We’re future-focused and our business is growing rapidly. We succeed together through passion, commitment and team work, and so can you.

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About us

We are a pioneering gene therapy business, and our mission is delivering life-changing gene therapies to patients.  We work together, motivated to make a difference, and so can you.

We are pioneers; no one else does what we do

Gene therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells. It is transforming medicine as we know it; long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases are now possible.

We are at the forefront of this exciting area. We have a strong reputation in gene therapy, with world-leading expertise in lentiviral vectors. We have a leading, integrated platform of exclusive technologies to design, develop and bioprocess unique gene-based medicines, both in-house and with partners.

We drive credible science to realise incredible results.

Whether you’re motivated by the discovery and development of product candidates within Research, or by cutting edge tools and technologies including AI and automation of our contract development and manufacturing organisation, we can offer you a career like no other. We are excited about our future. Join us and change lives.

Life at Oxford Biomedica

We value everyone’s unique contribution, we appreciate everyone’s individuality, and every job matters.

Your contributions are recognised and appreciated. Your work-life balance matters. We recognise, develop and use your strengths. It’s a place where you are valued as a whole person, as an individual and as part of a team.

No matter who you are, or what you do, your work will make a significant difference.

We go the extra mile, every day, because we truly care. We work together as a team to achieve our life changing therapies. Our talented colleagues help to build other people’s futures, so can you. We empower each other to be our best.

We have access to like-minded scientists and engineers, working in the latest technologies.

Our community of experts create new life-saving cures. Shaping the business’ future through collaboration. Our people are on a continuous professional development journey aided by a thought-provoking environment. A place for experts to be stretched, and future experts to be nurtured. We inspire creativity and deliver great science, and so can you.

Our supportive culture invites talent, while creating future innovators.

We’ll give you a place where you can learn, grow and contribute to the future of cell and gene therapy. We create opportunities and invest in our people, promoting ongoing learning.  Our defined career pathways provide opportunities for everyone to achieve their career potential.  We make a difference, and so can you.

Contact Us
  • Windrush Court
  • Transport Way
  • OX4 6LT
  • United Kingdom
  • +44 (0) 1865 783 000
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