Scientists - In vitro Gene Engineering

Horizon Discovery is an award-winning Biotechnology company headquartered in Cambridge, UK.  Using our proprietary gene-editing platform and deep scientific expertise, we design and engineer genetically-modified cells that are applied in research and clinical applications.  Our rapidly growing product catalogue, service offering and research programmes are powering progress to understand the genetics drivers of disease and ultimately advance human health.

We have several openings in our cell engineering group for junior scientists with responsibilities for working on in vitro gene-editing projects for our customers as well as contributing to the development of new cell engineering approaches to improve our core platforms.  The team is responsible for the production of genetically defined isogenic cell lines and engineered primary cells, including design of targeting strategy, isolation of modified cells, genetic screening and validation; Research and development activities focused around new and improved methods for genome-editing using different techniques and technologies.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience in managing their own gene editing projects to defined timelines, building on cutting edge skills whilst working in a very dynamic team.

Core skills required:

  • Molecular biology skills and a good understanding of genetics
  • Strong cell culture experience with good aseptic technique
  • Skilled in experimental design and troubleshooting
  • Good organisational ability to plan and prioritise work
  • Experience of in vitro gene editing (e.g. application of designer nucleases) is preferred

As a Scientist, you will develop your skills and work with other team members on complex projects, after demonstrating competence you will be able to manage simpler projects. You will be degree/masters educated with corresponding experience in a biotech or leading academic institute.

Successful candidates will need to be highly motivated, driven, fast learner, team player with excellent communication skills, attention to detail and excellent record keeping.  You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

In return we offer a varied and interesting working environment and we are focused on recognition and empowerment of our scientists and operational teams and a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Group Personal Pension Plan with enhanced company contribution
  • Medical, Health & Life Insurances
  • Employee share purchase plan (Sharesave)
  • 25 days annual leave
  • One paid working day each year for volunteering
  • Childcare vouchers

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