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Laboratory Technician

Company: Oxitec

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 laboratory technician to be part of a UK team dedicated to the research and development of our self-limiting technology in insect species that transmit disease. This position involves the technical support of our insect teams from preparing diets to looking after insect colonies.


The successful candidate will join a dynamic project team developing transgenic insects, including Anopheles mosquitoes to control a major malaria vector, as part of a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


The successful candidate will have a self-starting attitude, show strong organisational skills, and demonstrate original thinking and attention to detail. Team-orientation and flexibility in duties are essential. Experience working in a biological sciences laboratory, and insect rearing experience are 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, have good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the goals of Oxitec.



The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Maintaining colonies of insect strains for use in R&D experiments and as part of business continuity
  • Providing laboratory support to the department: o Maintaining stock solutions, supplies and equipment; o Stock-taking and ordering
  • Providing support to ongoing experiments in R&D
  • Providing support to the mosquito R&D General Laboratory Assistant
  • Recording data
  • Provide occasional weekend support as part of a rota within the R&D team


Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Educated to A-level or demonstrating technical abilities appropriate for the role
  • Experience working in a biological sciences laboratory is desired
  • Experience working in an insect rearing laboratory is a bonus
  • Must be diligent and organised, with data recording abilities
  • Have an attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Good written English and oral communication skills and a diligent attitude


Key Experience

  • Experience working in a biological sciences laboratory is desirable, with insect rearing expertise preferred
  • Industrial laboratory experience (1-3 years) is also preferred


Key Behaviours

  • Showing initiative
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Demonstrates individual industry and team playing
  • Strong and willing communicator
  • Attention to detail


Application Process

If you have any queries about the vacancy or require any further information please contact recruitment@oxitec.com , or by phoning 01235 832393.

To apply for the vacancy, please send your CV to recruitment@oxitec.com and provide details of your salary expectations and your current notice period. Applicants must be able to demonstrate having the right to work in the UK at the time of application Start date: ASAP. As part of any recruitment process, Oxitec Ltd collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The organisation is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. Further details can be found in Oxitec Limited’s Privacy Notice which will be sent to you should you submit an application for the position. 

By submitting your application, you are providing explicit consent for Oxitec Limited to process your personal data for the purpose of recruitment as defined in the above Privacy Notice.

Please note we do not use agencies in our current recruitment process.

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