Technician - Process Development

  • Job Reference: T-PD
  • Date Posted: 6 June 2018
  • Recruiter: Oxford Genetics Ltd
  • Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: £16,000 to £20,000
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description




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, engineers and technicians 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 Technician – Process Development will carry out a range of activities to support the Process Development group at Oxford Genetics. The group incorporates Upstream (small scale bioreactors systems), Downstream (harvest/purification) and Analytical for both viral and protein therapeutics, with a particular focus on Lentivirus, AAV and monoclonal antibodies.

The Technician will provide support for activities including stocking of laboratories, cleaning, sanitisation and sterilisation of laboratory equipment, preparation of buffers and reagents, and carrying out routine experimental procedures (see relevant laboratory techniques below) as directed by Scientist colleagues.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the successful expansion of this function at Oxford Genetics, and significant training and support in multiple areas of biological production and characterisation will be provided.






  • Work closely with Scientist colleagues to define objectives, and key support required for lab functions
  • Provide data summaries and reporting, as required
  • To adhere strictly to established quality standards, essential for on-going activities
  • Provide accurate record keeping at all times



  • BSc or MSc in relevant scientific discipline (biology, chemistry), with relevant laboratory experience (higher education qualifications with laboratory experience also considered)
  • Experience working in a commercial/industry environment is preferred but not essential



  • Ability to work in a laboratory independently and as part of a team on multiple projects, following established protocols, SOPs and safety procedures.
  • Theoretical understanding or (preferably) practical experience of some or all techniques used in biopharmaceutical production would be advantageous (mammalian cell culture and transfection, bioreactors preparation, sample collection and testing, filtration, chromatography, PCR, FACS, ELISA SDS-PAGE)
  • Writing clear, professional and accurate reports in a timely fashion
  • Good time management, communication, teamwork and numeracy skills
  • Analytical and logical mindset as well as enthusiastic approach to science and medicine
  • Experience in the accurate and documented preparation of laboratory reagents
  • Experience in sample logging and tracking
  • Experience in production and characterisation of proteins or viral vectors
  • Basic proficiency in MS office package. Intermediate or advanced proficiency advantageous.


Job type:             Permanent
Hours:                 Full time
Salary:                 £16,000 – £20,000/pa, dependent on experience


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



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.



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.