Engender Technologies Limited

Research Biologist – Cell Biology focus

Engender Technologies Limited

Auckland, New Zealand

Company
Engender Technologies Limited is a New Zealand company that has developed a new technology to separate X- and Y-bearing bull sperm cells. The technology is a sort-on-a-chip approach with integrated microfluidic and photonic components. It is expected to be low cost and cause minimal discernible damage to the cells. Sex sorting is expected to sustainably accelerate genetic gain and improve cost efficiencies in large animal reproduction. More information is available at www.engendertechnologies.com

Role
A full-time research position is immediately available. The successful candidate will join the Biology team and work in a multidisciplinary research environment. The candidate must be committed to advancing technology goals on aggressive timelines through effective collaboration in a team environment. You are expected to contribute at the bench as well as at strategic levels. You will participate in regular training programmes. Applicant should be willing to think critically, eager to learn new techniques and skills, continuously survey and review existing and latest literature, able to work independently, design and execute experiments, conduct detailed data analyses, present data to project teams and senior management. Travelling is required. Must be able to occasionally work irregular hours.

Location
Auckland, New Zealand

Duration
Fixed term contract for 1 year with the possibility of extending for another 2 years.
Job duties (other duties may be assigned)

  • Semen handling and analysis, including staining, sperm motility, sperm count, sperm morphology, and viability
  • Perform routine sperm preps for testing, sorting, IVF, and cryopreservation
  • Independently travel to slaughterhouse to collect and transport samples back to the research laboratory
  • Performs all procedures required for IVF experiments, including medium and dish preparations, oocyte retrievals, identification and evaluation of oocytes, sperm preparation, fertilisation check, embryo culture and grading
  • Process semen and embryo samples, including transportation of samples, gDNA isolation, DNA quality analysis, and quantitative PCR and data analysis (training provided)
  • Work closely with the team to resolve issues, assist in the R & D process, and improve biological techniques surrounding semen handling and cryopreservation, sexing, and embryology
  • Troubleshooting and identifying areas for process improvement
  • Critically evaluate and analyse complex experimental results
  • Assist in summarising data and presenting them into tables and graphs
  • Keep abreast of scientific literature in the field and implement modalities and protocols
  • Conducts literature searches and summarises information in written and presentation format
  • Maintain accurate and detailed lab books, records, and inventory
  • Assist in the development of SOPs, refining existing ones, and other control processes and practices
  • Offer day-to-day support (maintaining laboratory supplies, maintenance of laboratory equipment and environment, monitor lab safety, prepare media and buffers, routine cleaning)
  • Present and write regular progress reports
  • Attends team meetings for experimental planning and present results in project meetings

Essential skills

  • Multidisciplinary knowledge and experience in Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Reproductive Physiology, and Cell Biology
  • Significant practical skills and proven experience with IVF, embryo handling and evaluation, mammalian cell culture techniques, various staining protocols, microscope, and imaging
  • Proficient in aseptic techniques
  • Willingness to travel to and enter the slaughterhouse to collect organ samples is a prerequisite
  • Competent in basic molecular and cellular techniques (nucleic acid isolation, real-time PCR)
  • Extensive experience in establishing new methodologies
  • Exceptional time management and organisational skills, with proven ability to be able to organise and schedule their own work
  • Proven track record in generating and analysing high quality data
  • Ability to autonomously investigate and analyse raw data, and extrapolate conclusions
  • Highly motivated and work with initiative
  • Take full ownership of their core responsibilities and will be comfortable with those responsibilities evolving with the changing needs of the company
  • Ability to troubleshoot laboratory processes
  • Outstanding work ethics and high personal integrity, including documentation of mistakes and variations in the procedure that may impact results and appropriate documentation of results
  • High attention to detail when performing routine tasks
  • Experience collaborating with others and effectively working in teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Comfortable setting strict deadlines for themselves and the ability meet them
  • Take on a variety of duties when necessary to meet project deadlines
  • Must be highly adaptable, flexible, and be willing to contribute wherever needed
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge and experience with biocontainment facilities and procedures, laboratory safety, biosecurity, and decontamination

Preferred Skills
Experience with:

  • Droplet digital PCR and data analysis
  • Setting up functional research laboratories
  • Image analysis using Metamorph/ImageJ/Photoshop
  • Evaluating cell viability, cytotoxicity, and apoptosis using FACS

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and contact details of three referees to Dr. Maggie Au (maggie.au@engendertechnologies.com).

Engender Technologies Limited is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and thrive on diversity and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Research Biologist – Cell Biology focus