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Analytical Services Technician

The Analytical Services Technician will support the Analytical Services team and customers by carrying out laboratory tasks in an accurate and timely manner, following documented procedures while adhering to safe laboratory practices. The role is based in a lab environment providing a supporting role to the analysis of breath samples, hence strict adherence to working procedures and quality standards is essential.

KEY TASKS / ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Follow documented procedures to process breath samples safely and according to laboratory procedures.
  • Prepare breath sampling kit components for clinical use.
  • Operate and maintain equipment such as thermal desorbers and sorbent tube conditioners to maintain the capacity of laboratory operations. Assess daily check data to ensure equipment is fit for use.
  • Carry out routine preparation of chemicals and quality control standards.
  • Handling, assembly and cleaning of parts such as sorbent tubes, caps and ferrules to ensure consistent laboratory supply.
  • Assist with cleaning of laboratory areas and safety cabinets to ensure a high standard of environmental and biological control.
  • Complete records and logs of work as appropriate. Maintain accurate and up-to-date database records.
  • Adhere to operating standards such as ISO9001 or GLP as required.
  • Other duties as directed by the Team Leader or Group Leader.

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Qualified at A-level/HNC/HND level in a scientific subject (preferably chemistry)
  • Ideally have practical knowledge of working in a laboratory environment

COMPETENCIES

The following competences form the core strength of Owlstone Analytical Sciences. You should demonstrate awareness of these competences and be able to apply their principles when following defined procedures or under supervision.

  • Research - The ability to conduct, objective, logical, and systematic method of analysis of phenomena devised to permit the accumulation of reliable knowledge
  • Protocols – The ability to follow and validate protocols and understanding of the importance to spot, raise and resolve nonconformances and track through to a root cause analysis of any outside tolerance deviations
  • Data – Understanding the pertinency of the data collection, data entry and verification process and data management systems
  • Dissemination of Findings – The ability to report results using the various dissemination formats available for different target audiences. Understands the importance of clear communication adapted in a manner suitable for the audience
  • Analytical Concept – The understanding of rationale, theory, and subject matter in a particular scientific discipline to allow the appropriate application within an analytical role. (e.g Applying knowledge of basic chemical concepts and theories to set research questions with appropriate confidence limits, choose correct analysis technique and proficient instrument operation).
  • Facilities and Safety – Has the ability to assess the appropriateness of laboratory function against business deliverables and justify / implement the change when required. Also understands the importance of compliance to processes that are there to identify and mitigate workplace hazards
  • Pre- analytical – Has the ability to design, implement and evaluate the appropriateness of sampling and sample preparation methodologies
  • Analysis – Has the ability to perform routine and non-routine analysis and understands when the applied technique is fit for purposeand what associated quality control activities are required to ensurethat the technique remains within established ranges and limits. When technique deviates from those established ranges and limits will be able to effectively troubleshoot.
  • Critical evaluation of data – Has the ability to evaluate and ensure the accuracy of data as well as spot real and non-real trends to provide an answer with confidence limits to either fulfil a customer contract or research question

EXPERIENCE / KNOWLEDGE

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment desirable
  • General IT competence and a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel

SKILLS

  • Able to follow procedures accurately
  • Able to perform repetitive tasks to a consistent standard
  • High attention to detail
  • Flexible approach to changing priorities
  • Good data entry skills
  • Ability to work and communicate well within a team

About Owlstone Medical

Owlstone Medical is on a mission to save 100,000 lives and $1.5 billion in healthcare costs through the development and application of Breath Biopsy®. This involves collecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and respiratory droplets from breath, which can provide information about metabolic activity and markers related to health and disease.

Breath sampling has substantial advantages for the early detection of disease and to enable precision medicine approaches to patient care. To realize these advantages, Owlstone Medical offers Research Products and Services for biomarker discovery and is developing tests in applications including cancer, liver disease, asthma, and environmental exposure. Our work includes partnerships with major organizations including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, the Cleveland Clinic, and the NHS and our platform is in use at well over 100 clinical and academic sites worldwide.

Our leadership in breath is underpinned by our world-class and varied team, including systems engineers, clinical scientists, analytical chemists, artificial intelligence specialists and clinical trials coordinators.

The Owlstone group also commercializes a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defense.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a strong and vibrant team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes an Employee share options scheme and private medical insurance and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of a thriving start-up company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone Medical could be the place for you.

We do not accept applications from agencies outside of our preferred supplier list.