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Interested in working at Oxitec?

Our business is using cutting-edge science to tackle major challenges in global health and agriculture.

We are a dynamic company located at Milton Park, close to Oxford, one of the UK’s leading biotechnology hot spots. We need people who share our vision in combating some of the world’s most damaging insect pests and who have a drive to make a difference, a commitment to deliver, and who have the skills and experience to succeed.

We do not use agencies in our current recruitment process.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Senior Research Scientist (Two positions available)

Reporting to:  R&D Group Leader

Responsible for:  Research and Development

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Purpose of the job

Oxitec is a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops. Through world class science it is tackling the major global challenges of keeping people healthy and increasing food production and it is doing so in a way that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost effective. 

We are seeking a highly motivated and capable senior research scientist to be part of a UK team dedicated to the development of our self-limiting technology in insect species that transmit disease or cause crop damage. This position involves laboratory development and analysis of transgenic strains before they are rolled out for regulatory approved field application.

The successful candidate will preferably be educated to PhD level (or BSc/MSc with equivalent experience) in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related scientific discipline, with experience in using advanced molecular biology techniques. Experience in working with insects is highly desirable. They will have a self-starting attitude, show strong leadership and organisational skills, and demonstrate original thinking and attention to detail.  The successful candidate will be able to work independently while maintaining a strong team ethos, demonstrate good laboratory practices and the ability to follow SOPs, have experience training more junior scientists, have good oral and written communication skills (evidenced by scientific publications) and an understanding of project management.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Applying advanced molecular biology techniques to address experimental challenges in insect transgenesis
  • Generation of new transgenic insect strains
  • Providing project leadership, problem-solving and developing applied solutions
  • Delivering work in accordance with project objectives and milestones
  • Analysing, reporting and communicating data to project and R&D management team
  • Assisting with other projects where required

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD in Biological Science or a related scientific discipline (or BSc/MSc with equivalent experience).
  • Significant experience in application of advanced molecular techniques (qPCR, expression profiling, construct design and assembly are essential.
  • Experience in protein biochemistry and/or cell biology or microbiology is a plus.
  • Experience of working with insects is highly desirable.
  • Experience analysing and interpreting NGS data is desirable.
  • Project management experience is desirable but not essential and training will be provided in project management techniques as required.
  • Must be diligent and organised, with excellent data recording and statistical analysis skills.
  • Have a creative approach to problem solving and the development of applied solutions, providing project leadership and strategic direction.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team, and train junior scientists.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

Salary will be competitive dependent on experience, plus performance based bonus, pension plan and 25 days annual leave.

Contact

For further information please contact:-  Sarah Coates at sarah.coates@oxitec.com, telephone 01235 832393 and also visit www.oxitec.com

Start date: ASAP

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Research Scientist

Reporting to: R&D Group Leader

Responsible for: Molecular biology experiments and lab support

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Purpose of the job

Oxitec is a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops. Through world class science it is tackling the major global challenges of keeping people healthy and increasing food production and it is doing so in a way that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost effective.

We are seeking a highly motivated and capable research scientist to be part of a UK team dedicated to the development of our self-limiting technology in insect species that transmit disease or are agricultural pests. This position involves a range of molecular biology experiments to support early-stage research and development.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Biological Sciences or a related scientific discipline, with experience working in a molecular biology lab. They will have a self-starting attitude, show strong leadership and organisational skills, and demonstrate original thinking and attention to detail.   The successful candidate will be able to work independently while maintaining a strong team ethos, demonstrate good laboratory practices and the ability to follow SOPs, have good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the goals of Oxitec.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Designing and conducting experiments involving a range of molecular biology techniques including:
    • Genomic DNA and RNA extractions and purifications
    • Molecular cloning
    • qPCR/qRT-PCR
  • Lab support:
    • Maintaining stock solutions, supplies and equipment
    • Stock-taking and ordering
  • Working in accordance with project objectives and milestones
  • Analysing, reporting and communicating data to project and R&D teams.

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • A technical background, at least to degree level or equivalent, in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Biological Sciences or a related discipline.
  • Experience working in a molecular biology laboratory, including experience using PCR and molecular cloning techniques.
  • Expertise using molecular biology software/data analysis tools e.g. Snapgene/VectorNTI/Geneious, BLAST, Expasy, Clustal, etc.
  • Must be diligent and organised, with data recording and statistical analysis abilities.
  • Have a creative approach to problem solving and the development of applied solutions.
  • Being able to work independently and within a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a diligent attitude.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

Salary will be competitive dependent on experience, plus performance based bonus, pension plan and 25 days’ annual leave.

Contact

For further information please contact:-  Sarah Coates (sarah.coates@oxitec.com) or 01235 832393, and also visit www.oxitec.com

Start date: 1 May 2017

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Insect Senior Research Scientist (one year fixed-term position)

Reporting to:  R&D Group Leader

Responsible for:  Research and Development

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Purpose of the job

Oxitec is a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops. Through world class science it is tackling the major global challenges of keeping people healthy and increasing food production and it is doing so in a way that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost effective. 

We are seeking a motivated insect senior research scientist to be part of a UK team dedicated to the development of our self-limiting technology in an insect species that causes crop damage. This position involves laboratory analysis of insect strains before they are rolled out for regulatory approved field application.

The successful candidate will preferably be educated to PhD level (or BSc/MSc with equivalent experience) in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, or a related scientific discipline. Experience in insect biology and understanding of molecular biology, are highly desirable. The successful candidate will be able to work independently while maintaining a strong team ethos, demonstrate good laboratory practices and the ability to follow SOPs, and have good oral and written communication skills.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Characterisation of insect strains.
  • Liaising with other teams to deliver technical advances in a timely and consistent way.
  • Analysing, reporting, and communicating data to project and R&D management team.
  • Drafting high-quality written reports for IP and regulatory submissions.
  • Delivering work in accordance with project objectives and milestones.
  • Assisting with other projects where required.

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD in Biological Science or a related scientific discipline (or BSc/MSc with equivalent experience).
  • Experience of working with insects would be highly desirable.
  • Experience in application of molecular techniques (qPCR, expression profiling).
  • Must be diligent and organised, with excellent data recording and statistical analysis skills.
  • Have a creative approach to problem solving and the development of applied solutions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team.

Benefits

Salary will be competitive dependent on experience, plus pension plan and 25 days annual leave.

Contact

For further information please contact:-  Sarah Coates (sarah.coates@oxitec.com) or 01235 832393, and also visit www.oxitec.com

Start date: asap