OGT is a leading global provider of clinical and diagnostic genomic solutions. We believe in creating products and partnerships that enable clinicians to deliver personalised healthcare to patients and that empower clinical researchers to develop the next generation of precision medicines.

Are you looking for a change in your career, are you an ambitious, talented and a motivated individual? This could be the role for you!

An opportunity has arisen for a Senior NGS Scientist to join the R&D team which is responsible for all research and development activity within the organisation.

Reporting to our Head of Research/Development, this role plays a crucial role in the research and development of new products and technologies including internal research projects. You will contribute to and oversee a variety of molecular biology activities, this includes internal and external collaborative projects as well as providing technical support to the commercial team, and support for the day-to-day running of the laboratory and scientific employees.

Your tasks will include:

  • To complete and oversee a variety of molecular biology projects, including:
    • Experimental design and implementation of laboratory work
    • Contributing to the research, development, and improvement of new and existing assays
    • Being responsible for setting and delivery against technical milestones
    • Monitoring relevant scientific literature
    • Presenting data at national and international scientific meetings
  • Research and development of new products and technologies, including:
    • Researching, developing, and improving new and existing products
    • Devising new products and proposing those internally
    • Providing technical expertise/training to other research staff
  • Management and coordination of technical aspects of internal research and collaborative projects:
    • Leading internal and external project and scientific meetings
    • Proposing, evaluating, and managing new products and developing molecular biology technologies. 
    • Performing technical components of market, competitor, and intellectual property (IP) analyses.
    • Writing and reviewing R&D grant applications
    • Writing and reviewing patent applications
  • Assist customers, FAS, and wider commercial team, including:
    • Liaising with project partners for samples and collaboration support, including attending regular meetings as appropriate
    • Assisting with technical selling, at times including travelling to customer sites, teleconferences, and other communications
    • Representing the interests of the R&D Team within OGT
    • Nurturing a positive culture of collaboration across the R&D function and other groups
    • Presentation of results in both written and oral format and delivery of completed report documents
    • Ensuring that technical transfers into production are successful
    • Liaising and collaborating with the broader OGT and Sysmex teams where appropriate
  • Health and safety, Information security and quality, including:
    • Complying with and ensuring that all team members comply with all the companies’ health and safety, information security and quality standard policies (ISO13485, ISO27001 and ISO 9001).
    • Ensuring all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), COSHH and other documents are completed, updated and understood by team members.
    • Where necessary fulfilling safety and quality roles.
  • To complete any other tasks as commensurate with the level and nature of the post as delegated by the Head of Research / Development.

What we’re looking for in you:


  • Qualified to PhD level in Molecular Biology/ Genetics based subject (or equivalent experience) with significant post qualification experience.
  • Proven experience of successful technical transfer of IVD products from R&D to Production
  • Considerable experience in molecular biology technologies, at Senior level in a commercial environment
  • Considerable technical experience in  but not limited to, PCR, DNA manipulations, NGS, targeted DNA-seq, RNA-seqand whole genome sequencing.
  • Demonstrable experience in working in a regulated, diagnostic environment.
  • Highly experienced in working to ISO13485, product design control, and product life cycle.
  • Project management experience.


  • Experience with Design of Experiment, guard banding, process improvement, automation
  • Experience (>3 years) of managing or supervising technical staff
  • Experience with hybridisation techniques
  • Ability to establish new scientific contacts and networks
  • Experience in an ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 compliant environment and participation in audits.

The role has some requirement for limited travel between the Oxford and Cambridge sites and internationally, this is expected to be around 10-15% of total time.

In return you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme (10% non-contributory)
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Private Dental Insurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Group Life Assurance
  • 25 days holiday plus UK bank holidays
  • High Street Discount Scheme.

Application is via CV & a one-page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, salary expectations and notice period

Please note that we will need to establish your right to work during the recruitment process.

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