Laboratory Automation Technician

Automation · Oxford, Oxfordshire
Department Automation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Competitive dependent on experience plus benefits

As a Laboratory Automation Technician at OXGENE you will carry out a range of processes to provide support for a large number of automation platforms for diverse applications, including molecular biology (DNA extraction, PCR, colony-picking), cell culture (imaging, cherry-picking, subculture) and analytics (qPCR, ELISA), with a view to increasing departmental efficiency.


This will involve working closely within a small dedicated team, and with other laboratory-based colleagues to assure all automated laboratory tasks are run to a high standard and meet any quality standards in place. An ability to follow key processes at high throughput is essential, as well as confidence in teaching and supervising others.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist OXGENE employees with day-to-day operation of the automated equipment.
  • Performing weekly and monthly verification of automated equipment.
  • Inventory management.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of robotic platforms.
  • Assisting the laboratory automation team with the development of methods.
  • Authoring controlled documentation surrounding Automated procedures.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:


  • A BSc in life or physical sciences or equivalent experience in a similar role
  • Able to demonstrate a keen interest in laboratory automation and the desire to gain more experience within the fields of laboratory automation and robotics.
  • Strong IT skills and an interest in programming.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail


This is an entry-level position and, as such, no prior experience working with liquid-handling robots is expected. Full training on our automation platforms will be provided, however experience in the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Working in controlled manufacturing environments, or an understanding and appreciation of GLP.
  • Experience in use and writing of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • LIMS/ELN experience.
  • Carrying out calibration and day to day maintenance on laboratory equipment.
  • Some practical experience of molecular biology or cell culture techniques – as the Automation team is highly interdisciplinary.
  • Laboratory experience beyond a BSc would be desirable but non-essential


OXGENE, a WuXi Advanced Therapies (WuXI ATU) company, develops pioneering technologies to accelerate the discovery and biomanufacture of cell and gene therapies. We recruit only the best from across the globe to join us on our mission. We are focussed on providing our employees with a rich and rewarding work life, developing their skills sets and supporting their own personal aspirations. Our discovery technologies help pioneers advance their CAR-T, CRISPR, capsid or promoter discovery programmes. Our biomanufacturing solutions further accelerate the development and scalable manufacture of lentiviral, AAV or adenoviral vector based therapeutics.

OXGENE Benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 with service and 8 UK bank/public holidays per annual leave year and a day off on your birthday
  • Pension with salary exchange and generous employer contribution
  • Group life cover
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Private medical insurance with additional wellness benefits (as a benefit in kind)
  • Free tea, coffee, fruit-juice, fruit and biscuits, with kitchen facilities
  • Financially incentivised employee referral scheme

Notes to all applicants: 

To apply please visit our website and complete our application form with a copy of your CV. 

By the start of employment, the successful candidate must have, and be able to demonstrate, permission to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to provide sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route for candidates.

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  • Location
    Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Competitive dependent on experience plus benefits