Career opportunity: Molecular and Cellular Biologist

Title: Molecular and Cellular biologist

Location: Hampton, London, UK

We are a pioneering DNA research and development company located in custom-built laboratories in Hampton, west London. Our proprietary in vitro DNA amplification technology leads the way in the production of high-quality synthetic DNA (dbDNA) for new therapeutic, diagnostic and synthetic biology applications. This is an exciting, fast-paced research environment suited to creative individuals who can contribute to and successfully work in a multidisciplinary scientific team.

In addition to working at the forefront of DNA research in a dynamic biotech company, the successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, a performance related bonus, healthcare benefits and be eligible to join the company pension scheme.

Role description:

We are looking for a molecular and cellular biologist to join our growing Gene Therapy Research team responsible for delivering new therapeutic applications for dbDNA technology in the cell and gene therapy landscape. In addition to general tasks related to the maintenance and organisation of lab infrastructure, the postholder will be expected to contribute to the design and implementation of various molecular, cellular, and viral biology workflows in the laboratory, including optimisation of cloning, cell culture experiments, production of viral vectors, RT-qPCR, and gene expression analysis. The postholder will also be responsible for the small-scale manufacturing of dbDNA when necessary to support ongoing gene therapy projects. Suitable candidates should have a strong background in molecular and cellular biology, and experience in gene therapy is highly desirable.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Applicants should have either a PhD in the areas of Molecular and Cellular Biology or Gene Therapy, or a minimum of 4 years laboratory experience in an academic or industry setting in a molecular and cellular biology related discipline
  • Essential technical experience: mammalian cell culture and transfection, cell-based, assays, western blot, qRT-PCR, molecular biology techniques such as cloning, PCR, mutagenesis and in related specialised DNA characterisation techniques
  • Desirable technical experience in: ELISA, Flow cytometry, imaging
  • Experience in viral production and/or gene therapy is highly desirable
  • Good knowledge of general laboratory procedures. Experience in lab management would be desirable.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team in a highly dynamic environment and on several different projects or tasks concurrently.
  • The successful candidate must be engaged with science, willing to learn new techniques, adaptable to new approaches, and eager to work with a fast-moving team.
  • All candidates should possess clear communication and presentation skills and an ability to work effectively as an individual and within a multidisciplinary team. Successful candidates will also be proficient in experimental design, implementation, and analysis, organising and managing their work, and delivering results to established timelines.

    Applicants MUST be eligible to work in the UK.

    Apply for this role by emailing a CV and tailored cover letter (in pdf format) to jobs@touchlight.com clearly stating the reference "Molecular and Cellular Biologist". Closing date for applications is 30th October 2020.

    Due to the high number of applicants we will only contact those who we invite to interview.