Open Position: Lab Technician - Molecular Biology
At Ribbon Biolabs we are taking synthetic biology to the next level!
Ribbon Biolabs is a small biotech company with locations in Vienna and in Klosterneuburg (outskirts of Vienna) developing the next technological wave of error-proof DNA synthesis. With our approach, we are developing a cost-efficient platform to produce long and complex DNA molecules, thereby enabling a new generation of biopharmaceutical processes and other synthetic biology products.
As an early-stage startup company with ambitious growth plans we are currently seeking to expand our team with a motivated and proactive Lab Technician to support our R&D and production team with Molecular Biology skills.
We seek a to hire a responsible, flexible and dedicated candidate, who can integrate into our diverse team and help to establish and operate our DNA synthesis pipeline. The Lab Technician will support the team with preparations, assays, experiments and the application of Standard Operating Procedures by using molecular biology techniques as well as by the basic duties of lab maintenance.
Ribbon Biolabs counts with multiple sources of funding including public grants and VC equity from tecnet equity and IST Cube (the investment fund of the world-renowned Institute of Science & Technology – IST Austria, ranked third worldwide by Nature in the “Nature Index 2019”). We are running a new, state-of-the art laboratory at IST Park in Klosterneuburg and our association with IST Austria allows for access to their scientific services and facilities. The new laboratory in Vienna will serve a key role in translating our R&D operations in Klosterneuburg into actionable products serving our customers worldwide.
The successful candidate will join a small, agile and interdisciplinary team as soon as possible. The candidate will have the opportunity to grow with the company and to live and work in or near the city of Vienna, which is repeatedly ranked by Mercer as the city with the highest quality of life in the world.
Your roles and responsibilities at Ribbon Biolabs:
Perform experiments including DNA, purification, PCR, ligation, DNA quantification, electrophoresis
Preparation of solutions, organise plasticware, clean/sterilise glassware
Taking care of machine maintenance, lab maintenance, monitor stocks
Maintain lab documentation
Produce, document data, which he/she can either analyse or pass to team members for analysis
Assist R&D and automation platform team members (with reagents, plasticware and experiments)
Further responsibilities include procurement related activities (monitoring of stocks, placing orders, working on agreements and discounts with vendors, monitoring the market for better/cheaper product alternatives, inventory keeping, order documentation etc.
The candidate should have the following educational background, experience, and skills:
Previous experience as lab technician
Enzymatic essays with DNA such as: PCR, PCR optimisation, PCR and gel purification, Bead purification, DNA assembly, ligation, Golden Gate, etc., Electrophoresis (agarose, acrylamide, capillary), and related techniques.
Confident bench work and pipetting skills (able to follow complicated protocol designs, handle many samples and reagents simultaneously)
Immaculate and thorough laboratory work documentation skills
Data handling (data production, storage, archiving)
Fluent use of Microsoft Excel/Power Point/Word etc
Able to work confidently and reliably both unsupervised as well as part of a team
Prior experience with standard operating procedures (SOPs)
Self-driven and organized team-worker
Fast problem solving and multi-tasking skills with the ability to prioritize
Adaptability to change
Perfect English language (written and spoken)
Additional plus could be experience with:
Lab management - lab maintenance
Maintaining bacterial stocks and related tasks
Practical experience with automated liquid handling robots
Data analysis (beyond MS programs or more advanced use of MS if MS)
procurement (ordering and management of resources stock maintenance)
Experience with electronic laboratory notebooks (ELN) and LIMS systems
Prior exposure to work in standardized and GLP-conform environment
Knowledge of German language
Full health and social benefits according to Austrian law.
Possibility to crucially contribute to the translation of Ribbon’s product towards market entry and operational scale-up within a young and agile team.
Opportunity to contribute to a young company in the new, evolving synthetic biology market.
Join a highly motivated team, including team activities.
Flexible working hours.
Support for professional development training and German lessons.
We offer a competitive salary adjusted according to experience and qualification, starting at EUR 2,430.20 p.m. paid 14 times p.a.
Job type: Full time (40 h per week).
Role: Employment is permanent.
Location: This role is for laboratory operations in Klosterneuburg and Vienna.
Availability: We expect to fill the position as soon as possible.
How to apply: Applicants should provide a cover letter explaining the motivation behind the application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Considerations of the applications will continue until the position is filled.
Ribbon Biolabs is an Equal Opportunities Employer. While focusing on the right set and mix of experience and skills, we support equal opportunities and highly embrace diversity.
The team at Ribbon Biolabs is looking forward to your application!