Alderley Park, Cheshire

Full time – with occasional weekend working required

Do you have experience in molecular biology or microbiology techniques? We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Scientist/Study Investigator to join our Big Blue® Assay Team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to build hands-on laboratory experience and offers the chance to develop new technical skills working in an innovative and fast-growing Contract Research Organisation (CRO).

About us

Gentronix is located at Alderley Park in the north-west UK. We are committed to helping our clients develop safer chemicals and medicines, using innovative screening platforms as well as GLP regulatory tests to detect hazard, to understand mode-of-action, and help manage risk.

Comprising of >30 toxicologists with a range of experiences from within the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and CRO industries, our team has extensive expertise in the fields of genetic and skin toxicology. Our ambition to become the leading provider of predictive and preclinical toxicology products and services across a variety of industry sectors.

The benefits

  • Competitive salary, depending on experience
  • Pension scheme offering an 8% employer’s contribution
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working in a company with great team spirit
  • Employee assistance programme and services (Bravo Benefits)

One of the key priorities for Gentronix is to develop and retain staff within the business in order to build a strong and knowledgeable team. We offer training, personal development opportunities and routes for career progression across all our teams.

Your role

Working closely with our great team of highly committed scientists, you’ll perform and deliver high quality Big Blue® genetic toxicology studies on behalf of our clients. This will be a hands-on laboratory role, encompassing all activities related to the assay including tissue processing, DNA extraction, bacteriophage packaging, bacterial strain culture, scoring of plates and data interpretation.

Specifically, you will:

  • Take an active role in the performance and delivery of high-quality preclinical toxicology studies
  • Work closely with the Study Director and other colleagues to ensure efficient and timely performance of Big Blue® assay laboratory work, ensuring study deadlines are met.
  • Ensure the highest standards of record keeping and documentation to meet GLP requirements.
  • Take responsibility for planning and managing workload and training others across the team.
  • Learn, maintain, and employ knowledge of the principles of GLP.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and develop skills in molecular and micro-biology with the potential to be involved with some of the in vivo components of running the assay.
  • Be willing to work at weekends approximately once per month, within a 37.5 hour total working week.

About you

To join us as a Study Investigator you will need:

  • A life sciences degree and ideally a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in a life sciences laboratory environment in a relevant role
  • Good practical experience of molecular biology techniques, including DNA isolation from tissues and/or microbiology experience including bacterial cell culture, plating and scoring of plaques or colonies.
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of toxicology, and an enthusiasm for the application of these in both a screening and regulatory setting.
  • Good communication skills, and a strong team player
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • To be IT literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

We would keenly welcome applications from candidates who additionally have knowledge and practical experience of:

  • Rodent necropsy and tissue banking
  • Working in a CRO environment
  • The principles of GLP

Most of all, you will have a passion for the application of life sciences, be a diligent scientist, and have clear ambition to learn, develop and join a highly ambitious team.

You may have previously held the title of Laboratory Scientist, Senior Lab Technician, Scientist, Study Scientist or Cell Culture Scientist.

Gentronix is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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