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Technician- Disease Biology

91 Park Drive, Milton Park, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RY, UK

Technician- Disease Biology (Infectious Disease)

Join a pioneering biotech with a collegial atmosphere and a passion for harnessing every individual’s unique set of skills in our fight against disease.

At Immunocore, we have a vision to transform the way we understand and treat the most challenging medical conditions of our time, including cancer, autoimmune disorders and infection. In January 2022, in the U.S., we launched the world’s first T-cell receptor therapy, built on a novel technology designed to overcome the limitations of our natural immune systems.

Joining us at the most exciting time in our history, you will be part of a team that values trust and innovation, and that cherishes different ways of thinking.

The Role:

Responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of laboratory stocks (such as aliquoting cell culture reagents, consumables etc.) and general upkeep of the laboratory in order to support the Scientists working in both containment level 2 and 3 (CL3) laboratories. They will also liaise with suppliers and help to coordinate the company’s online purchasing system.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage removal of clinical waste and ensure stock of waste bins and bags.
  • Manage consumable stocks (cell culture media and plasticware), stock room, lobbies, and lab stocks, including standing orders for most commonly used reagents and consumables.
  • Perform DNA extractions for HLA typing.
  • Oversee liquid nitrogen tanks (swaps when needed); scrape -80°C freezers, -150°C freezers and liquid nitrogen tanks as part of the HTA preventive maintenance procedures.
  • Clean and maintain water baths and incubators, fill up water containers in laboratories.
  • Organise equipment servicing/assist CL3 manager with task (e.g., pipettes, hoods, incubators).
  • Aliquot shared reagents, manage 70% ethanol for usage in designated labs, liaise with other technicians/Facilities for disposal of empty bottles.
  • Assist scientists with their cell culture and characterisation, including freezing down cell stocks.
  • Assist scientists when required for cell-based assays.
  • Assist scientists in managing/maintaining stocks of plasmid DNA.
  • Update & maintain freezer maps.
  • Perform lab related audits, e.g., audit of human tissue, viruses, etc.
  • Undergo additional training to support lab/building, e.g., fire warden, COSHH, first aid.
  • Assist CL3 manager and scientists in biyearly laboratory shutdown and maintenance.
  • Organisation of shipments (ingoing or outgoing) when needed.

Qualifications: 

Essential

  • Minimum of A Level in Biology or equivalent.
  • Worked within a laboratory environment.
  • Shown a commitment to ensuring laboratory equipment is maintained and operated in a safe manner.
  • Shown a desire to provide material and practical support to scientists.
  • Shown flexibility and willingness to learn new techniques and adopt new practices to support the company as it expands.
  • Actively contributed to a diverse team environment.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Excel, Access, Word, and Outlook.
  • Proven ability to follow detailed protocols and maintain accurate records.
  • Shown a strong interest in progressing own knowledge in biological sciences.

Desirable

  • Worked within a similar role in Industry, Healthcare, or an Academic setting.
  • Previous laboratory experience within protein, microbiology, or cell biological sciences.
  • Knowledge of aseptic technique.

 

Lead with Science and Discover What is Within:

  • We Value Entrepreneurship and Diversity
  • Respect, Trust, and Integrity
  • Competitive compensation
  • Private medical and dental benefits.
  • 25 days Annual Leave and Bank Holidays
  • 4x Salary Life Insurance
  • 5% Pension Match
  • Income Protection
  • Parental Leave

 

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