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Juno Genetics Ltd

Oxford, United Kingdom

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Job title: Laboratory technician Location – Oxford, UK Salary: GBP 22,000-25,000 gross per annum Full time position – 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday inclusive. Juno Genetics Ltd is a company specialising in genetic diagnostics with a particular emphasis on reproductive medicine, including prenatal diagnosis and the analysis of embryos produced during IVF treatments. Over the last two years, Juno has grown to be one of the world’s largest providers of preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) services, which involves the examination of DNA and chromosomes in small numbers of cells biopsied from embryos before they implant in the womb. Juno’s success has been the result of a combination of innovative technologies, high levels of quality assurance and a commitment to providing patients and fertility clinics with the best possible support. Juno is led by a renowned team of scientists and has an international reputation for novel research and development in the field of PGT. The successful applicant will become a member of a team responsible for performing genetic tests that screen individuals for mutations that cause inherited disorders (Expanded Carrier Screening). It is envisaged that they will also assist with other tests undertaken by the laboratory, such as non-invasive prenatal testing and/or PGT. The successful applicant will receive all necessary training in a variety of molecular biology and cytogenetic techniques, including (if required) next-generation DNA sequencing. Their role will involve carrying out tests, ensuring that laboratory processes are performed accurately and efficiently, and that results are generated and reported in a timely manner. The post holder will need to be flexible with their working hours, as the post may require some evening, or weekend work. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a strong background in genetics as well as practical experience with a range of laboratory techniques. Although part of a team, the applicant should also have the capacity to work independently. Main duties and responsibilities: • Participate in all areas of wet laboratory work, with careful reference to standard operating procedures and participating in their regular review and update • Undertake specimen preparation and analysis for a range of sample types • Operate and maintain analytical equipment in the laboratory • Evaluate and monitor the accuracy and precision of laboratory investigations using appropriate quality control procedures • Replace stocks of consumables and reagents when required and inform the Section Leader if back-up stocks are low • Interpret clinical information and use scientific knowledge to process specimens for appropriate tests, seeking advice from senior staff and clinicians when necessary • Review, prepare and send reports that have been authorised • Communicate patients’ results and answer enquiries from health care professionals, providing information and explaining results, with courtesy and professionalism • To assist, when required, in the preparation of documents for the laboratory’s Quality Management System, according to the standards of ISO15189 • To solve complex problems within work area, and communicate any perceived clinical, logistic or managerial issues to senior staff Essential skills, qualifications and experience: • BSc/MSc in Biology/Genetics/Molecular Biology or a related subject, together with relevant experience • Theoretical and practical knowledge in the discipline of genetics relevant to role • Practical experience with one or more of the key technologies such as DNA amplification techniques (e.g. PCR and/or whole genome amplification); mutation analysis; next generation sequencing etc • Good organisational and time management skills • Work carefully, neatly and efficiently. Attention to detail and rigorous and accurate record keeping is vitally important • The ability to work as part of a team, but also independently • An appreciation of the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality at all times • The ability to communicate efficiently, accurately and courteously with other members of the laboratory team and with external medical professionals in English - both verbally and in writing • Use of laboratory equipment relevant to the specialty Highly desirable experience/skills: • Spanish language Other desirable experience/skills: • Demonstrable experience of working to a laboratory Quality Management System. • Previous experience in a relevant laboratory, and proficiency in techniques appropriate to the discipline • Experience and understanding of reproductive genetics • Experience with bioinformatics, coding and/or statistics
Experience Required:  See above
Education Required:  See job Description
Salary:  £23-25,000 p.a.
Closing Date:  04 December 2020
Reference Number: Lab Tech Nov 2020

Contact: Tishy Bruce
Juno Genetics Ltd
Oxford Science Park
Oxford, Not Applicable, United Kingdom
Phone: 02037431944
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Applications: Online Submission Link

Date Added: 12 November 2020    

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