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Screening and Automation Technician – MoA GALAXY

MoA Technology Ltd. is recruiting for a Screening and Automation Technician – MoA GALAXY


MoA Technology Limited (“MoA”) is a spin-out company from Oxford University.  

At MoA Technology our mission is to find a new generation of safe and effective herbicides to help farmers produce high quality food.

To this aim, we have developed three innovative in vivo discovery platforms that are based on cutting-edge science in the fields of genetics, trait analysis and data analytics: MoA GALAXYTM, MoA TARGETTM and MoA SELECTTM.  

The Role

Position type: Temporary (6 months) full-time - 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

Location: BioEscalator, Innovation Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7FZ

Role and responsibilities

The post-holder will be part of the MoA GALAXYTM team.

MoA GALAXYTM is a ground-breaking, proprietary, in vivo HTS platform for finding herbicides with new modes of action. We use state of the art screening and imaging technologies to generate a wide range of herbicidal activity data. We are looking for an enthusiastic and technically skilful individual to support the MoA GALAXYTM discovery platform.

Your responsibilities will include:

  1. Routine manual and/or automated in vivo HTS assays for the identification of molecules with herbicidal activity and new mode of action.
  2. Conduct compound screening and profiling utilizing state-of-the art imaging tools.
  3. Assist in running a vibrant HTS laboratory.
  4. Maintain accurate and timely records of laboratory work.
  5. Clearly communicate results and issues.
  6. Contribute to lab meetings.

Candidate profile

Education & experience:

The post-holder will have:

  1. B.Sc. in Biological Sciences or equivalent, or relative laboratory experience.
  2. Hands-on experience working in a biology laboratory.
  3. Competent with pipettes (manual, electronic, single and multichannel).
  4. Knowledge of biological safety requirements in tissue culture facilities and aseptic technique.
  5. Proactive and adaptable approach to changing priorities and meet deadlines and to the increased demand for compound screening assays.
  6. Computer literacy.

Key behaviours:

The ideal candidate will possess:

  1. Analytical skills in practical laboratory techniques.
  2. Strong attention to detail, good organizational skills.
  3. Confident attitude towards the safe handling of potentially hazardous chemical compounds.
  4. Ability to work in a safe manner at all times ensuring procedures and SOPs are followed.
  5. Be a good colleague: the platforms are very collaborative and require a team player prepared for cross-platform collaboration
  6. Be a keen learner. The company will provide the training needed to succeed in the role and will support personal development activities.
  7. Be able to comprehend and follow basic instructions.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  9. Ability to maintain good laboratory practices at all times.
  10. Have a good work ethic, display a high level of professionalism and be reliable.
  11. Adhere to company’s policies and standard business etiquette.

Job Requirements

In addition, MoA Technology is strongly committed to the safety of its employees and in the current COVID-19 climate has taken measures that require the post-holder to:

  • Work flexible hours and be open to work weekends, early mornings (~7-9am) or evenings (~7-10pm), in order to maintain social distancing.
  • As the Government relaxes safe social distancing rules and allows a return to normal working practices we will also revert to our normal working arrangements (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  • This is not available as a remote working opportunity.

MoA Technology is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age.


Must be legally able to live and work in the UK

Please send a CV and cover letter to