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Lab Assistant

Berkshire, United Kingdom

  • Salary: Up to £27k per annum
  • Job type: Interim/Contract
  • Posted: 26/04/2019
  • Contact name: Christopher Wise
  • Contact number: 01892 612612
  • Ref: 4276

Job description

Lab Assistant - Initial 12 month contract, full time on site

We are currently looking for a Research Associate to support the Protein Structure & Biophysics and Bispecific Target Discovery departments. Both departments are part of Discovery Science and play leading roles in the biophysical and structural characterisation of target proteins as well as the screening and identification of new drug targets and novel antibody therapeutics.

The role involves routine laboratory tasks including molecular biology, DNA preparation, mammalian cell culture and harvesting, membrane preparations, biologics sample aliquoting, inventory management and sample distribution for high throughput screening assays. Being a motivated, diligent and attentive individual, you will ensure the smooth running of laboratory workflows, work closely with other team members and use excellent communication skills to liaise with other departments.

Primary responsibilities
• Molecular biology (cloning, transformations, bacterial cell culture), small and large-scale DNA preparation
• Maintenance of mammalian cell lines, transfections, harvesting of supernatants and cell pellets
• Preparation of cell membranes
• Preparation and maintenance of stock and buffer solutions, ordering of consumables
• Protein aliquoting, maintaining accurate records of sample location using Excel and barcode scanning software
• Responding to regular sample requests, liaising with scientists to ensure timely sample delivery

Essential experience
• B.Sc. in Biological Sciences or equivalent or relative laboratory experience
• Demonstrable experience in bacterial and mammalian cell culture
• Demonstrable experience in handling large numbers of samples
• Competent with pipettes (manual, electronic, single and multichannel)
• Meticulous, diligent, able to keep accurate records, good organisational skills
• Ability to communicate clearly and work efficiently in a team
• Ability to work well under pressure and respond to changing priorities to meet deadlines
• Ability to work on several projects in parallel
• Computer literate (proficiency in Microsoft Office)