Alderley Park, Cheshire

Full time – with occasional weekend working required

We are searching for a motivated Study Technician to join our Big Blue® Assay Team at Gentronix.

This is a fantastic opportunity to begin a career in life sciences 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 is to become the leading provider of predictive and preclinical toxicology products and services across a variety of industries.

The benefits

  • Salary range £20,000 to £23,000, 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 team of highly committed scientists, you will perform tasks to support the running of our high-quality in vivo gene mutation assays, specifically the Big Blue® assay. These studies are complex in design and involve techniques such as tissue processing, isolation of DNA, bacteriophage packaging and plating with E. coli cells. As a Study Technician you will support these studies by preparing reagents, making, sterilising and dispensing media, calibrating and checking equipment, preparing workbooks, maintaining records, organising and labelling consumables, carrying out basic procedures with cells, assisting with the assay processes, alongside ensuring the laboratory remains well stocked and tidy. You will operate within a GLP accredited laboratory and the work you do will ensure the efficient and smooth operation of the laboratory and all study work.

Specifically, you will:

  • Carry out general laboratory tasks including, but not limited to, equipment calibration, stock control of materials, preparation of reagents and media, compound receipt, record keeping and environmental monitoring.
  • Inoculate cells for overnight incubation and be responsible for some basic aspects of the assay.
  • Take an active role in the performance and delivery of high-quality Big Blue® studies alongside more experienced team members.
  • Learn, maintain, and employ knowledge of the principles of GLP.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and develop technical skills and scientific theory relevant to the role.
  • 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 Technician in our Big Blue® Team, you will need:

  • Either:
    • life sciences degree with a strong element of practical experience from a year in industry/extended lab-based project/lab-based modulesOR
    • previous experience as a laboratory technician in a life-sciences business.
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding for the basic principles of toxicology, and an enthusiasm to learn about the application of these in both a screening and regulatory setting.
  • Good communication skills, and a strong team player
  • Excellent attention to detail

Ideally you’ll also have experience of bacterial cell culture and aseptic techniques but this is not essential as we’re happy to provide on the job training.

Other organisations may call this role Lab Technician, Lab Scientist, Lab Associate, Associate Scientist.

Gentronix are an equal opportunities employer, and we value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applications 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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