Oxford Genetics, a leader in synthetic biology, is a specialised contract research organisation offering services to support the discovery, development and production of biologics, with a particular focus on viral vectors for gene therapy applications. A unifying theme across the portfolio is expertise in DNA design, expression system optimisation, cell line development and engineering of viral delivery systems. We are located within purpose-fitted laboratories at the Oxford Science Park, just South of Oxford.
We are in a phase of rapid expansion and are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists, engineers, support services and technicians to join the team and help facilitate the next stage of our development as a company. We aim to be both innovative and entrepreneurial in everything we do - join us and contribute to this exciting journey!
• The role will be focused in the two main areas of grant and patent administration
• This role will be based in our office in Oxford to allow you direct access to our Research and development team and CFO to enable you to be effective
• To enable the company to develop a cost-effective patent portfolio and to maximise opportunities to fund the company’s product and services development road-map via grant funding
• Taking over work initially performed in other areas of the business and liaising extensively with the company’s Research and Development employees and the CFO
• Identification of opportunities for new patent or grant applications
• Drafting and filing applications for grants, patents, trademarks etc.
• Collating and recording cost, labour time and other relevant data
• Prior art searching
• Co-ordinating patent landscaping and FTO searches
• Patent renewal management
• Accurately maintaining databases
• Participation in grant project review meetings and liaison with external grant bodies, third party project collaborators and grant project managers
• Liaison with and instruction to external legal advisors as well liaison with key internal staff
• Ensuring compliance with rules, regulations, guidelines and timetables
• Identification of qualifying R&D expenditure eligible for tax relief
• To maintain confidentiality and observe data protection and associated guidelines.
• To carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE / SKILLS / ABILITIES:
• A background in Biological Sciences would be advantageous, in particular with regard to Molecular Biology and Informatics
• Work experience in a similar, grant, patent or intellectual property role
• Excellent attention to detail
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Excellent analytical, problem solving and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
• A good working knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
• High levels of being proactive, creative and working on own initiative
• A flexible approach to working in a small and fast-growing company
• The ability to remain calm and work to deadlines
• Professional qualifications in Grant and/or Patent Administration are desirable
In addition to undertaking the duties above, the post-holder will be expected to fully adhere to the following:
Job Type: Permanent
Start Date: Open
Hours: 37.5 hours per week (will also consider 3 or 4 days per week part-time option)
Salary Guide: Competitive
25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays, Pension with matched employer contribution to 7%, Health Insurance, Group Life Cover, Child Care Voucher Scheme, Glasses Vouchers, Long Service Benefits and a friendly working environment in an exciting and expanding young company.
We have offices in the UK and USA. This role will be located at The Oxford Science Park, just 4 miles south east of Oxford, with parking and good public transport links from Oxford. Our UK office address is: Oxford Genetics Ltd, Medawar Building, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GA.
HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom without sponsorship.
Please apply online with a CV. Your CV should include evidence that demonstrates how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks. Your application will be judged on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.
The appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work in the UK, proof of identity, references and health assessment.
DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY:
We provide all our staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that enables and empowers everyone to develop and deliver professional excellence. We recognise diversity is vital for innovation and creativity and value each individual’s contribution. Entry into employment with Oxford Genetics and further progression will be determined by personal merit and the application of criteria related to the duties of the role. The ability to perform the role will be the primary consideration on entry into employment and to successfully pass probation.
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