(Fluorescent image of nerve growth on Spidrex silk : courtesy of Prof. John Priestley, Center for Neuroscience and Trauma, Queen Mary University London)
Latest update : October 2017 - We are looking for an R&D Research Technician (see below)

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 R&D Research Technician 

Protein-based Biomaterials

Biomaterial background with industrial experience

Location : Oxford, Oxfordshire UK

Business/Function : R&D

Full time- 37.5h/week

Salary: £23-£25 Gross Per Annum

Contract length: Until April 2019

Start date: From November 2017

Reports to: Project Manager

We are seeking to recruit a serious, innovative, collaborative, self-motivated, committed, very meticulous and organized full time Biomaterial Research Technician to join the existing entrepreneurial team for a natural protein biomaterial project. This position is a broad ranging laboratory based role developing, problem solving.

Please note: there is no biotechnology, cell culture, protein/molecule synthesis or protein analysis involved in this role.

Role description

The position will mainly involve developing a new process to produce the silk feedstocks for our protein biomaterial platform technology. The candidate will interface with external research teams and support, trouble shoot and help to develop new processes and testing of the material.

Key responsibilities will include

-Organise all laboratory work efficiently.

-Help develop and implement new processes of obtaining the main silk feedstock and scaffolds made with the feedstock.

-Help ensure that all manufacturing process improvements are scalable to production volume and assist with the manufacture up-scale when prototype is ready.

-Help in the development and implementation of a Quality Assurance methodologies for existing and new processes.

-Communicate observations and outcomes on a scheduled basis.

-Generate new data in support of scientific, regulatory and marketing claims and indications.

-Work with external facilities and sub-contract facilities.

-Maintain the laboratory stocks and equipment, place orders for materials and consummables.

-Comply with requirements and procedures for Design Control.

-Follow strict documentation and laboratory work processes.

-Write SOP’s and other Quality System documentation as required.

Candidate’s key attributes

-At least 1 year prior experience in Industry is a must (including industrial placement).

-Master’s degree minimum

-Background in biomaterials, chemistry or protein chemistry

-It will be critical for the candidate to be able to follow strict laboratory and reporting procedures to ensure full traceability of all work done

-Practical and "hands on" laboratory skills as the position will be mainly laboratory-based

-Strong analytical, research and innovation skills

-Confident when working independently

-Able to ensure overall project goals and timelines are met by organising and supervising all laboratory work efficiently

-Able to plan relevant work/studies, analyse data and prepare reports

-Able to work in a small team.

-Positive "can do" attitude

Candidate’s ideal knowledge

Candidate’s qualifications

-Scientific/technical degree

-Master’s degree minimum

All applicants should be able to prove that they are legally entitled to work in the UK

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