iotaSciences, a University of Oxford spin-out, is an innovative and fast-growing biotechnology company that emerged from the Universities engineering and biology departments. We offer unique solutions to cell line development. These solutions accelerate and advance biomedicine across a wide range of applications including gene editing, disease modelling and drug discovery; with current customers from universities, hospitals and industry. Our employees are motivated to deliver the most innovative next generation technologies in biomedicine that will ultimately translate ideas to clinics faster.

About the role

The workshop technician will focus on assembly, service and repair of iotaScience’s robotics products. This will be a hands-on role, involving building small production runs and servicing scientific instruments. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and proactive individual, with a strong technical or engineering background. They will join the engineering team responsible for the design, development, production and support of iotaSciences products and technologies. Being a young and developing company, everyone is involved in a wide range of activities depending on the immediate needs of the company. In addition, every member of the team is expected to actively contribute to the continuous improvement and development of internal and external processes. This is both a great opportunity to gain experience across many departments but also an opportunity to grow with the company.

Job Responsibilities

• The assembly and QC of scientific instruments in low volume runs - involving manual assembly of small-scale components as well as some soldering and crimping

• Service and repair of instruments, either in the workshop or on site at the customer premises. As such, short duration international travel is expected

• Assisting with R&D tasks, building fixtures and jigs as required

• Managing and developing inventory and workspaces used for manufacturing and maintenance

• Keep track of stock, goods in and ordering – using our manufacturing software and keeping the database up to date

• Take an active role within the shipping process • Continuous improvement – improving assembly methods and working closely with the design team to give feedback for future instrument improvements

• An interest or experience in inspection would be advantageous

Requirements (Essential)

• Strong practical ability

• Confidence using hand tools

• Evidence of education in engineering/physics/science or related field

• Previous experience assembling and/or fixing electromechanical products. Non-work activities will also be considered

• Ability to read and understand technical procedures, build instructions, wiring schematics and engineering drawings

• Experience of interpreting mechanical drawings and following build instructions

• Attention to detail

• Free to travel internationally

• Strong communication skills

• Willingness to participate in wider company projects when needed

• Proven capability of working independently

• Ability to design and implement new processes

Requirements (Desirable)

• Experience with CAD system

• Experience or interest in 3D printing

• Experience in a low volume industry

• Experience with building and/or programming robotics

• Good IT skills and the aptitude to learn the use of basic computer-aided design

• Strong working knowledge of the theory and application of safety regulations covering workshops and laboratories

• Interest in biology

Interested in making a real impact across biomedicine and joining a growing business; please submit a cover letter detailing how you address the requirements of this position and your earliest start date along with your CV by e-mail to Opportunity for this role to be Full or Part Time. Closing date for applications is 12th December 2021.