Scientist, Screening and Automation


moa is recruiting for a 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: Oxford,


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 Scientist.  The post-holder will support the primary high-throughput compound screening activities and the downstream screening pipeline at MoA Technology. This role is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to start or to continue a career in industry in which their contribution will be important to achieve sustainable global food production.



·      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.

·       Use analytical tools for image processing, analysis, quantification, and interactive image visualization from high throughput data sets to identify novel herbicide mode of action.

·       Advise and support cross-functional projects on quantitative analysis of image data.

·       Assist in running a busy HTS laboratory.

·       Provide support to users of HTS instrumentation.

·       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 multi disciplinary teams.




·       Experience in image data analysis gained within a biological discipline using commercial or open-source software packages.

·       Experience in phenotypic and/or high through put screening.

·      BSc /MSc dependent upon experience.



·      Experience in handling large datasets and automated workflows.

·      Experience in Batch and parsing script writing.

·      R and Python writing skills



·       Pro-active, resourceful, and problem-solving mindset

·      Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 

·      Ability to prioritize project timelines and daily activities across multiple projects.

·       Effective communication skills both in writing and at meetings with both specialists and non-specialists.

·      Strong attention to detail and accuracy


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, sex, 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