Research Technician required for Drug Discovery screening in expanding Oxford Biotech business

Chronos Therapeutics is a small-to-medium sized, fast-growing biotech company, located on the outskirts of Oxford. We are developing treatments for neurodegenerative and behavioural brain diseases such as the fatal motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, fatigue in multiple sclerosis and treatments for various addictive behaviours. Our research in neuro-degeneration focuses on using nematode worms as tractable disease models. We have a vacancy for a Research Technician to work in the disease model screening team. The vacancy is for a fixed term initially, but may be extended.

Research Technician

Role and Responsibilities:

Laboratory duties will include planning, producing materials for, and conducting all aspects of phenotypic screening experiments using nematode worms, and other laboratory-based work. There will also be opportunities to assist the Disease Model Development team to develop and validate new worm disease models. The role will include compilation and analysis of biological screening and other research data, and preparation of associated laboratory records and data summaries required for research traceability. The role holder will be expected to follow, implement and improve laboratory safety practices where possible. There is the opportunity, subject to performance, to progress to more senior roles in the laboratory as the individual role holder develops and the company grows.


Background and Experience:

The applicant should hold a life science degree and/or have suitable previous experience of working in a biology lab. In particular, sterile culture techniques and techniques requiring manual dexterity are key. Background knowledge of standard molecular biology techniques, cell biology, neurobiology and neurodegenerative diseases would be beneficial. Good organisational skills and the ability to work to strict schedules and deadlines are essential. Computer literacy is also essential, including familiarity with MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). Experience of bright-field and fluorescence microscopy, image analysis and data analysis software (e.g. ImageJ and MATLAB) would be advantageous, as would experience of working to good laboratory practice in a quality assured research environment. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and the ability to work independently as well as within collaborative teams, is an essential trait that will be rewarded.


Deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 25th August 2017.


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