Title: Laboratory Technician

Hours: Full Time, Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Location: Milton Park

Emergex Vaccines is a privately held company focusing on the development of vaccines against viral and bacterial infectious diseases, using purely synthetic peptide and sugar components on a gold nanoparticle support matrix. Our vaccines prime immune cells to destroy pathogen infected cells by targeting cytotoxic T cell responses, as opposed to the more conventional antibody-based vaccines

Role overview:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious cell biologist/immunologist to join our R&D team. You will have a broad background in cell biology and/or immunology along with flow cytometry experience and a willingness to learn and develop new techniques. This is a rare opportunity to join a successful biotechnology company at an exciting stage in its development.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Maintain stocks of lab consumables, reagents, and the general smooth running of the labs.
  • Production, handling and storage of PBMC from fresh blood samples.
  • Maintain and grow cell lines and help with running in vitro tissue culture experiments.
  • You may be encouraged to help with the manufacture and purification of gold nanoparticles.
  • Clean down of equipment and rooms to a compliant standard.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, health and safety rules, signage and instructions at all times.
  • Ensure databases are up-to-date and compliance with HTA regulations.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • BSc or MSc in a biological science, ideally with several years of laboratory experience but experienced non graduates are also encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in cell handling, tissue culture techniques and maintaining sterility is essential.
  • Experience in immunological assays such as flow cytometry and ELISAs is essential.
  • Highly motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Thoroughness and ability to follow procedures and attention to details.

Who we are looking for:

  • Punctual, confident, adaptive, flexible individual
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to multitask
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy
  • Competent at record keeping skills
  • Confident dealing with people at all levels of an organisation, to build strong relationships and challenge when necessary.