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Associate Director – Gene Editing

Associate Director – Gene Editing

ROLE OVERVIEW:

The Gene Editing team at OXGENE uses a variety of technical approaches to develop genetically engineered cell lines for a range of applications, including reagent verification, basic biology studies and complex disease modelling. In addition, the team carries out activities related to CRISPR-based screening – from bioinformatic design through to library construction and verification, and to pooled and arrayed screens. This position will be responsible for the research, development and operational activities in the Gene Editing division at OXGENE.

OXGENE is carrying out a large number of complex gene editing related projects that require extensive operational capabilities, whilst also developing novel applications/approaches to address unmet market needs. This position will be responsible for managing the strategic direction of this area, working together with the Senior Leadership Team. It is therefore essential that the appointee has a high-level understanding of how gene editing/CRISPR is applied to expedite the understanding of basic biology, to interrogate biological processes and to facilitate translational biology, but also has a vision to future opportunities, and a pragmatic/systematic view on how to get there.

A background in commercial science and in setting up new processes and developing market-focused technologies would be highly advantageous.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Management of the Gene Editing division
  • Provide oversight to preferred technical approaches, technology development activities
  • Work with Senior Leadership team to provide and define strategy in the subject area
  • Act as high-level subject matter expert for gene editing technologies
  • Support commercial activities by attending conferences/trade shows, as required
  • Develop and nurture a high-performing team, and provide associated training
  • Reporting on progress against agreed milestones and deliverables
  • Define the R&D road map for the Gene Editing Division

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:

  • Ph.D, DPhil in relevant area (i.e. Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry), along with >5 years’ experience in an industry setting
  • High-level attention to detail
  • Experience with intellectual property, both in expanding portfolio, but also in understanding patent landscapes and enabling FTO processes
  • Ability to interact with customers/partners/collaborators and accurately convey/communicate complex concepts and information
  • Familiarity and ideally direct experience working in a regulated industry, utilising SOPs, and templated documentation
  • Experience of setting up and implementing new technologies, approaches, automation in a commercial life-sciences environment
  • High-level understanding of gene editing technologies (especially CRISPR), and approaches for the design and analysis of gene editing strategies

DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

  • Extensive understanding of translational biology, and industry developments related to personalised medicine
  • Familiarity or direct experience with genetic engineering of iPSC, ESC or primary cells
  • Understanding/experience of carrying out CRISPR-based screening experiments, using KO and CRISPRi/a approaches.
  • Strong publication record

In addition to undertaking the duties above, the post-holder will be expected to fully adhere to the following:

Personal Development

  • To actively participate in their performance review and work towards objectives set.
  • To take responsibility for their own professional development ensuring professional standards are maintained and mandatory training is in date.
  • To attend training as requested.

Code of Conduct and Quality

  • To uphold the company mission and values.
  • To support the company in developing an effective work/life balance for employees that meets the needs of the organisation.
  • To adhere to quality processes and procedures and strive for continuous quality improvement.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

  • To observe the company’s Equal Opportunities Policy providing equality of treatment and opportunity to employees, irrespective of sex, sexuality, age, marital status, ethnic origin or disability.

Health and Safety

  • To take responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and other persons who may be affected by their omissions or actions at work.
  • To promote the company Health and Safety Policy and ensure matters are managed in accordance with it.
  • To report accidents, incidents and near misses, implementing corrective action where necessary.

Confidentiality and Data Security

  • To comply fully with the duties and responsibilities outlined the company handbook regarding confidentiality.
  • To comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 and future similar legislation and ensure that all information collected, stored and used is done so in compliance with the Act.
  • To preserve the confidentiality of any information in connection with their employment. This obligation shall continue in perpetuity.

Closing Date: This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.

JOB LOCATION

We have offices in the UK and USA. This role will be located at The Oxford Science Park, just 4 miles south east of Oxford, with parking and good public transport links from Oxford. Our UK office address is: Oxford Genetics Ltd, Robert Robinson Avenue, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4HG.

Current Company Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus 8 UK Bank holidays; Pension with salary exchange and employer contribution; Group life cover; Glasses vouchers; Employee assistance programme; Ongoing reward and recognition schemes; Business travel insurance; Private medical insurance with great wellbeing benefits as a benefit in kind; Kitchen facilities on each floor with freshly ground coffee, tea, fruit juices, fruit and biscuits; Financially incentivised employee referral scheme; Long service benefits i.e. additional annual leave; and Oxford Science Park free parking.

Culture: A chance to make a difference in a promotion-from-within environment; 3 whole company communication presentation events each year; Fun Factor social events including regular science presentations; regular TGIFriday events; Annual 2-day Staff Away Days; additional social committee events; and a commitment to quality, health and safety.

Environment: Modern offices and laboratories with a friendly working environment in a diverse and expanding company.

Values: Employee values include scientific excellence, ambition, diversity, teamwork and fun.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom without sponsorship.

Please send a CV.

Your CV should include evidence that demonstrates how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks. Your application will be judged on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description. Internal applicants should apply directly to the Recruitment inbox and copy in the HR Manager.

By sending us your personal information, you are asking us to hold your data on file and understand that we will only keep it for as long as we need it to comply with the Data Protection Act. However, should you wish your e-mail address to be added to our automated vacancies update list in the future, please advise us when you apply, thank you.

DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

We provide all our staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that enables and empowers everyone to develop and deliver professional excellence. We recognise diversity is vital for innovation and creativity and value each individual’s contribution. Entry into employment with Oxford Genetics and further progression will be determined by personal merit and the application of criteria related to the duties of the role. The ability to perform the role will be the primary consideration on entry into employment and to successfully pass probation.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work in the UK, proof of identity, references and health assessment.

Recruitment Agencies

OXGENE only accept CV’s from Partnership Recruitment Agencies. Should you wish to be considered for the future, please read the information on our website under ‘Recruitment Agencies’ and should you be eligible, please complete the online form for our Spring Annual Review.

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