Associate Scientist - Screening and Automation


moa is recruiting for a Associate Scientist - Screening and Automation


Moa Technology Limited is innovative and rapidly growing R&D crop protection company. At moa Technology our mission is to find the new generation of safe and effective herbicides to help farmers produce high quality food for all. To this aim, we have assembled a team of passionate and talented scientists, technician and operational staff, who respectively design, use and support the use of disruptive technologies that de-risk the herbicide discovery process and favour the development of sustainable crop protection products.

As an organisation, we believe that collectively leveraging our technologies and products for impact goes together with enabling our dedicated staff to fulfil their individual potential. We value collaborative endeavours, evidence-based decision making and resourcefulness.

Position type: Permanent full-time - 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

Location: The Oxford Science Park, Oxford,


moa-GALAXY is a unique, 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 with a can-do attitude to join our HTS team as a Screening and Automation Associate Scientist The post-holder will be part of the moa-GALAXY team and will support the primary high-throughput compound screening activities and the downstream screening pipeline. As an Associate Scientist you will contribute to the phenotypic characterization of active molecules. Molecular Biology skills are not relevant to this position.



·      Execute manual and/or automated in vivo HTS assays for the identification of molecules with herbicidal activity.

·      Conduct compound screening and profiling utilizing state-of-the art imaging tools

·      Assist in running a busy HTS laboratory.

·      Provide support to users of HTS instrumentation.

·      Use a combination of specialised software and manual phenotyping to analyse large datasets.

·      Help make recommendations to move promising compounds along the selection pipeline.

·      Maintain accurate and timely records of laboratory work (e.g., electronic lab notebooks).

·      Clearly communicate results, successes, and issues.

·      Contribute to reports, SOPs, risk assessments, lab meetings, etc.

·      Work collaboratively across multidisciplinary teams.



·      Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences.

·      Experience working in a biology laboratory.

·      Knowledge of biological safety requirements of tissue culture facilities and methods of preventing contamination.

·      Know-how and high precision in operating laboratory liquid dispensers (highly desirable).

·      Experience in programming and troubleshooting laboratory liquid handling robots (highly desirable).

·      Experience in phenotypic and/or high throughput screening (will be advantageous).

·      Computer literacy and data handling.

·      Experience working with plants(beneficial but not essential).


·      Strong analytic skills in practical laboratory techniques.

·      Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

·      Pro-active and positive problem-solving mindset.

·      Ability to always work in a safe manner ensuring procedures and SOPs are followed.

·      Comfortable attitude towards the safe handling of potentially hazardous chemical compounds.

·      Strong organisation skills. The post-holder will be able to work independently under minimal supervision.



MoA is committed to building a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We recognize that diverse and inclusive teams build a stronger and more innovative company. Therefore, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, or veteran status


Must be legally able to live and work in the UK

Please send a CV and cover letter to