Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Oxford



Theolytics is a biotech company working to develop curative cancer therapies. We are a University of Oxford spin-out, backed by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI). Over the next 18 months, the team will be rapidly expanding as we develop our R&D activities into the clinic.

We are a non-hierarchical, collaborative, supportive team that are passionate about working together to meet our collective goals. We enjoy spending time together - both in and out of work. Our values center around creating an environment that helps people to thrive (both personally and professionally), and we work hard to enable that for each member of the team.

We are seeking a highly organised, proactive and flexible individual to join our team and be an integral part of the company as we grow. We are looking for someone that is a self-starter, happy to jump in when required in what will be a dynamic working environment.


Supporting a team of scientists by execution of experiments, collating, analysing and presenting data from a variety of sources;

Responsible for maintenance of cancer cell cultures;

Production and purification of adenoviruses and ensuring batch quality control;

Performance of assays for virus characterisation (e.g. QPCR, cell viability assays)

Recording data to include careful tracking of experimental methods and results using online lab notebooks;

Experimental planning and taking ownership of tasks;

Development of SOPs;

Lab organisation and day-to-day maintenance of the laboratory.Establishment and maintenance of quality sample archiving systems;


Candidate Profile

Required skills and experience include:

A BSc and/or MSc degree in a relevant discipline (such as Virology, Cancer Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Biomedical Science);

At least 2 years of experience as a research assistant/laboratory technician/scientist in a company and/or academic lab;

Recent experience in at least two of the following:

Cancer cell line culture (maintenance, counting, seeding cells)

Virology techniques (such as virus purification, plaque assays and TCID50)

DNA extraction, bacterial cell culture, PCR, gel electrophoresis, QPCR

Primary cell culture (e.g. processing tumour biopsies),

Cell viability assays, ELISA, flow cytometry;

Strong IT skills (including proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and comfort using shared drives and online lab books.

Advantageous skills, experience and attributes include:

Pharmaceutical and/or biotech industry experience;

Excellent time management and record keeping;

Experience working with oncolytic viruses and adenoviruses;

Experience following SOPs, and using assays;

High motivation for, and commitment to, research on anticancer therapies and drug discovery;

Dynamic and flexible approach to changing workloads;

Detail oriented and meticulous, with a dedication to performing high-quality science;

A willingness and propensity to take on responsibility.