Research Scientist (Molecular Biology)

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Published: December 19, 2022
Didcot, United Kingdom
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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is headquartered at the Oxford Science Park outside Oxford, UK, with satellite offices and commercial presence in many global locations across the US, APAC and Europe. Oxford Nanopore employs from multiple subject areas including nanopore science, molecular biology and applications, informatics, engineering, electronics, manufacturing and commercialisation. The management team, led by CEO Dr Gordon Sanghera, has a track record of delivering disruptive technologies to the market. Oxford Nanopore's sequencing platform is the only technology that offers real-time analysis (for rapid insights), in fully scalable formats from pocket to population scale, that can analyse native DNA or RNA and sequence any length of fragment to achieve short to ultra-long read lengths.

Our goal is to enable the analysis of any living thing, by anyone, anywhere. We offer real-time nanopore-based DNA/RNA sequencing technology: accessible, easy to use and fully scalable for any requirement! After one of the most eagerly anticipated biotechnology flotations in the history of the London Stock Exchange, we are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the Genome Foundry Team as a Research Scientist. You will use your Molecular Biology experience and make an invaluable contribution in advancing our novel proprietary DNA synthesis method, which will have a profound real-life impact across multiple applications including synthetic biology, biopharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and data storage.

The Details... This exciting and challenging role strives to accelerate the advancement of new DNA synthesis method. The successful candidate will be involved in research and development of our DNA synthesis technology by designing, assessing and optimising molecular biology aspects of the research and will plan, execute and communicate the results on their project to the group lead and other stakeholders.

The role will involve:-

  • Developing our proprietary DNA synthesis technology by investigating multiple schemes, designs and processes
  • Designing, assessing and optimising biochemical protocols for advancing out DNA synthesis chemistry Carrying out experiments to drive improvement of enzymatic and biochemical assays - Preparing clearly articulated experimental reports and data presentations whilst maintaining well organised records Communicating with internal and external collaborators including senior management
  • Working alongside groups within the company to secure intellectual property; patents, trade secrets - Contributing to recruitment and interviewing where necessary
  • Ensure any work being undertaken meets company H&S requirements
  • Any other duties as might be required within the remit and responsibilities of the post

What We're Looking For...

  • We'll expect you to have a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Enzymology or related field with several years of postdoctoral experience ideally in industry.
  • Have working knowledge and experience in developing biochemical assays and optimisation and characterisation of biochemical reactions involving DNA.
  • Previous practical experiences in gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis and HPLC, and handling of DNA manipulating enzymes would be highly desirable.
  • You will be self-motivated and will be working independently as well as together with other colleagues in a multidisciplinary setting for rapidly solving pioneering scientific challenges.
  • Previous experience of managing junior scientists and involvement in recruiting new team members is advantageous.

You will have an opportunity to utilise your skills to make a real contribution towards the next disruptive technology in a global organisation while maintaining its start-up culture. Applications are encouraged from highly motivated individuals who enjoy taking on new challenges, are quickly adaptable in an exciting and fast-paced environment, and who perform well under pressure.


We offer outstanding benefits to include an attractive bonus, generous pension contributions, private healthcare and an excellent starting salary. Based within beautiful, landscaped surroundings with tree-lined walks, water features and a lake, all of which make for a wonderful working environment.

If you are looking to utilise your skills to really make a difference to humankind, then consider joining our team and apply today! Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job. #LI-JC1


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