Alderley Park, Cheshire
Full time – with occasional weekend working required
Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity to start your career in life sciences? We are searching for a motivated individual to join us as a Trainee Study Technician within our Big Blue® Assay Team at Gentronix. This role offers you an exciting opportunity to develop your scientific technical skills working in an innovative and fast-growing Contract Research Organisation (CRO).
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 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, skin and ocular toxicology. Our ambition is to become the leading provider of predictive and preclinical toxicology products and services across a variety of industries.
- Annual salary £17,000 – £20,000
- 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 can offer you excellent training, personal development opportunities and routes for career progression.
Working closely with our team of experienced scientists, you will learn how to perform tasks to support the running of Big Blue® in vivo gene mutation studies. These studies are complex in design and as a trainee Study Technician you will have the opportunity to 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, alongside ensuring the laboratory remains well stocked and tidy. You be fully trained by our team to operate to high standards within a GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) 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, and environmental monitoring.
- Prepare cells for overnight incubation and be responsible for some basic aspects of the Big Blue® assay.
- Take an active role in the performance and delivery of high-quality Big Blue® studies alongside more experienced team members.
- Learn what working to GLP means and ensure you work to this standard daily.
- Conduct all work in accordance with documented methods (standard operating procedures) and not deviate from these instructions.
- Be responsible for record keeping, focussing on excellent attention to detail and accurate documentation.
- Be able to conduct quality control (QC) checks of data and identify errors.
- 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.
To join us as a Trainee Study Technician in our Big Blue® Team, you will need:
- A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including Maths and English
- A-levels including a science subject, BTEC level 3 in science or equivalent qualification
- To be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of laboratory science and an enthusiasm to learn new practical skills in an industrial setting.
- Good communication skills, and a strong team player
- Excellent attention to detail with accurate written skills
Other organisations may call this role Trainee Lab Technician, Trainee Laboratory Technician or Trainee Technician.
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.
So, if you are looking for an introduction into an exciting career in science, please apply by submitting your CV using the Apply Now link below.