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Laboratory Assistant

Who we are

We are a VC and government backed health-tech start-up at the vanguard of predictive diagnostics to make medicine more proactive. Our first product is a novel infectiousness test for COVID-19. From a saliva sample, it identifies on-the-spot whether the user has an active infection in 15 minutes.The Vatic KnowNow SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test is driven by the globally unique, proprietary detection mechanism underpinning the test which mimics the surface of the human cell, acting like a trapdoor for the virus. This test is the first infectiousness test developed utilising the lateral flow platform. We are very lucky that we already have a special group of people and we are looking for someone who also values the social impact of what they do.

Job overview

We are looking to build a team of Lab Assistants to join our company. This could be a good opportunity for highly motivated individuals willing to learn and spend their first year in industry. This role will involve supporting both the R&D and manufacturing facilities at the Oxford Science Park. Projects will be in the COVID-19 space, inflammation/immunology and other infectious diseases, and will be focused on QC, GxP and manufacturing. You will be reporting to the CTO and the Principal Scientist and the main focus of the role will be to support late stages of tech transfer by carrying out benchtop lab work following GxP guidelines as well as to validate assays performing QC for product evaluations. The team of Lab assistants will be also responsible for lab maintenance. If you have more experience: a BSc in Analytical chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process chemistry, Biochemistry, Industrial Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, or equivalent then you can apply for a lab technician position.

Responsibilities

  • To follow SOPs in a biomedical service/manufacturing laboratory setting, for the production of diagnostics kit components, mainly involving handling of liquid bio-reagents and carrying out bio-conjugation processes.
  • To be compliant with GxP.
  • To assist the scientists and lab manager in the instrument validation, in the analytical chemistry / QC spaces. Calibrate instruments and perform laboratory maintenance under the guidance of the lab manager and technicians.
  • Utilise a range of methods, assays techniques in assay manufacturing.
  • Troubleshooting and monitoring technical performance issues via QC.
  • Working and communicating effectively with different teams.
  • Interact with the QA/RA team in order to meet regulatory requirements and ISO 13485 laboratory standard.

Experience

  • A-level with good marks in math/chemistry/biology.
  • Good numeric and organisational skills and time keeping. Strong attention to detail and a high level of organisation.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in particular, reporting information in a clear and systematic fashion. Good teamwork and ability to communicate clearly and follow instructions.
  • Pro-active attitude and strong interest in molecular diagnostics (QC and/or manufacturing).

    If applying for the Lab Technician role:
  • BSc in Analytical chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process chemistry, Biochemistry, Industrial Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, or equivalent.

Desired skills and qualities

  • BSc in Analytical chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process chemistry, Biochemistry, Industrial Biotechnology or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of ISO 13485 or ISO 9001 and GxP
  • Training will be given and, as such, a willingness to learn and develop in a growing business is essential.
  • Applications are encouraged from highly motivated individuals who enjoy taking on new challenges, are quickly adaptable in an exciting and fast-paced environment, and who perform well under pressure.

Package:

Competitive Salary
Flexible Schedule
Company Pension
Casual Dress
Company Events
Sick Pay

Logistics:

Working full time in our Oxford Laboratory, manufacturing site and offices based in the Oxford Science Park, Magdalene Building, OX4 4GA, Oxford, UK. Sporadically, it would be required to travel to visit other organisations in England.

COVID 19 Precuations

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place

Why is this a great opportunity?

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