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Assay Scientist

United Kingdom

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Location Stevenage, GB Job ID JR-031039

We are looking for highly motivated candidate to join our OneSource Team as an Assay Scientist. To provide a high quality and effective cell culture service to scientific staff in biology departments on the Stevenage GSK site.

Job Responsibilities:

  • To assist laboratory staff in cancer cell line tissue culture work

  • Performing CRISPR gene perturbation screens, routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, such as genomic DNA preparation and PCR

  • To prepare cell samples for flow cytometry

  • To undertake ordering and replenishment of laboratory consumables stock as required

  • Comply with all occupational health and safety rules and regulations. Be aware of hazards and recommendations for safety improvements if necessary

  • Maintain QA systems by keeping accurate records of work undertaken, methods used, and results achieved.  Recording experimental results

  • To take ownership of the area used including preparation, maintenance and cleaning of laboratory equipment such as automated liquid handlers, biosafety cabinets & incubators. To carry out sterility checks routinely

  • Work flexibly depending on team priorities and support requirements


  • BSc in relevant scientific subject (e.g., cell biology, immunology or molecular biology) or equivalent experience

  • Aseptic technique experience is essential

  • Hands-on experience with cell culture is highly desirable

  • Ability to follow protocols consistently and to produce accurate records are preferred

  • Attention to details and good organizational skills are preferred

  • Willingness to learn new skills are preferred

  • Good team-working behaviors, interpersonal and communication skills are preferred

  • Previous experience in molecular biology is advantageous but optional

  • Previous experience analyzing data using Excel and Spotfire is advantageous

Physical Demands 

The overall physical exertion of this position requires:

  • Sit or stand 2-3 hours in laboratory areas.

  • Reach above/below the shoulder, bend at the knees and waist.

  • Office work activities, including keyboard, with fingers/hands/arms up to 4 hours.

  • Work around moving laboratory equipment and machinery.

  • Work with biohazards such as blood borne pathogens.

  • All work is carried out in a containment level 2 environment.

  • Appropriate PPE must be worn at all times (Lab coat, gloves, eye protection)

Working Environment

  • Must be able to work in a laboratory, controlled environments requiring personal protective equipment.

  • Job pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.

  • Employee maybe required to manage hazardous wastes in compliance with company procedures & State/Federal/Local hazardous waste regulations. Duties may include: Identifying, handling, generating, accumulating, storing, labelling.

  • Ensure safety, security, and the environment in all aspect of the daily activities, and any potential safety hazards are addressed and corrected immediately.

  • Understand ergonomic relationship between people, equipment and working environment.

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PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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