Laboratory Scientist at Vetsina
DestiNA Genomics was formed to commercialise a revolutionary chemical-based system for detecting nucleic acids and single nucleotide polymorphisms, for development of simple, fast, accurate and cost-effective products for PCR-free detection of miRNAs in human medicine.
Roslin Technologies is a ‘New Technology Commercialisation Company’ based at Easter Bush Campus, at the centre of the largest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe. The company was created to develop commercial opportunities from the research, know-how, capabilities and intellectual property of The Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Vetsina will embark on an ambitious programme to develop several ‘proof of concept’ tests, initially in metabolic disease, oncology and infectious diseases. Completion of this first phase will be followed by rapid scale up of commercial development. We are currently seeking high calibre individuals to join the team and to start working in collaboration with our partners at DestiNA Genomics, the University of Edinburgh and others.
Requirements & Experience
- BSc degree majoring in Molecular Biology or other related subject
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in research and development activities in academic and/or industry roles
- Competency in the use of business software and specialised laboratory software systems
- Experience with laboratory operations
- Knowledge of systems for handling biological samples
- Familiarity with laboratory quality assurance systems
- Multi-lingual capability will be regarded favourably.
- Comfortable working in a dynamic, high intensity but flexible and often virtual working environment
- Exceptional project management and problem solving skills: attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to collaborate with others and to work in a fast-paced environment
- Agility, adaptability and ability to understand new concepts
The candidate will work with and under the supervision of the Head of Research and Product Development (HRPD) so as to:
- Plan and agree experiments that will use reagents, analytical and clinical samples, and analytical platforms.
- Prepare all needed materials and equipment for the safe conduct of assays in development.
- Ordering and receipt of necessary reagents for the conduct of experiments.
- Maintain equipment and laboratory space in an orderly and safe manner, including product safety sheets for those materials used in the laboratory.
- Perform agreed experiments and report results to the HRPD and others as necessary, within and outside Vetsina Animal Health Diagnostics (Vetsina) as required.
- Perform all standard molecular diagnostic tests as needed.
- Operate specialised equipment as needed.
- Maintain detailed records, recording all experiments undertaken, results and observations.
- Prepare professional SOPs and Use Protocols for assays.
- Work in collaboration and under confidentiality with 3rd party companies providing technology and know-how to Vetsina. In particular this will include liaison with Destina Genomics and its subsidiary in Granada, Spain, where training in the use of its chemical reagents and specialised platforms may be undertaken.
- Be capable of travel and training periods with Destina Genomics in Granada, Spain, which may require short periods of absence from UK.
A flexible approach to working is expected, and there is some requirement for travel. Legal right to work in the UK is a requirement.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, growing organisation. This position will attract a competitive salary, pension and an opportunity to participate in the company’s share scheme.
How to apply
To express an interest, please send a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Research and Product Development
Full time, permanent contract
– Company pension
– Company share scheme
Vetsina’s laboratories and offices.
Roslin Innovation Centre, Easter Bush Campus.