Reference Number: JO-2010-457035
Molecular Biology Technician
Rate: Negotiable
Job Type: Contract
Location: Cambridge

Molecular Biology Technician
6 Months
Pay 18-20/hour
Hours of work: Tuesday to Saturday 8am-4pm but all applicants should have the ability to work between the hours of 6am and 10pm in case shift work is required in the future

A global biopharmaceutical business have created a facility for high throughput screening for COVID-19 for their key workers. As a result they are now looking to recruit Molecular Biology Technicians who will be involved in fully automated RNA extraction and RT-PCR workflows. You will need to be comfortable performing this while using PPE.

Individuals will work in teams of 2-3 to operate Beckman I series robotics to perform automated magnetic bead RNA extraction procedures and track sample through the LIMS system. Followed by performing the RT-PCR reaction setup including manual pipetting as well as automated plate preparation using benchtop automation equipment. Following plate preparation, lab technicians/scientists will be responsible for taking the samples once they are ready for analysis and setting up the assay on the qPCR instrument.

This role is critical to the screening workflow and you will be assigned to a specific assessment method and trained on it extensively. We will equip you with the required PPE for the level of exposure and you will have to strictly adhere to the specific testing method COVID-19 Testing SOP.

Key Requirements:
Work in BSL1 lab with previous experience of automation and molecular biology techniques preferred.
Work with human biological specimens. HepB Vaccination advised.
Work with samples which may contain SARS-Cov-2.
Attention to detail to ensure chain of custody of all samples
Working and communicating across a fast-paced cross organisational team.
Rigorously following SOPs.
Alternative pattern shift work

Please note this role will have a quick start date and be a lab based role so all applicants must be local to Cambridge (within a 45 minute commute)

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