Job description

Research Assistant, Assay

Oxford, UK

 Role Information

  • Job Title: Research Assistant
  • Employment Status: Full-time, Permanent
  • Practice: Assay
  • Location: Oxford
  • Salary: £25,000 - £32,000


Do you want to make a difference while advancing your career? Come join Osler.

We are a UK diagnostics company whose purpose is to enable anyone, anywhere, to access, understand, and act on their health, to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.

We are realising this through the development of the Osler Origin – a 'portable lab' capable of performing a wide range of testing, with lab-quality performance, in a portable, rapid, low-cost, and easy-to-use manner. The Osler Origin will offer a wide portfolio of diagnostic tests and serve all major healthcare settings, globally.

The Osler Origin is powered by a portfolio of novel techniques and approaches for sample addition, microfluidic sample preparation, and electrochemical biosensing, and Osler was formed out of the University of Oxford in 2017, following decades of research.

Having recently completed an $85m Series C fundraise, we are now entering a growth phase, where we are scaling our team as we take the Osler Origin product through regulatory activities, and towards market launch.

As a Research Assistant you will be working within in the assay development team collaborating in the development of immunoassays. 

Join us and help build a better future.


Role Summary:

Key Responsibilities:

  • This role will provide laboratory support to all scientists and senior scientists in running routine and complex experiments to established WI / SOPs where minimal supervision is expected once full training has been provided.​
  • The RA will be responsible for accurately documenting all experiments within ELN under the guidance of a scientist or senior scientist, where the reports are generated with high degrees of accuracy (content), traceability (batch records / linking experiments) all conducted in a timely manner.​
  • The RA will have received sufficient training within all laboratory functions so that they can easily work cross-functionally as and when required at short to no notice.​
  • As and when required, the RA will support the Laboratory Support staff to ensure that laboratory consumables and house-keeping tasks are performed in a timely and efficient manner.​
  • As and when required, the RA will help with the ordering process for specialist reagents and items that are outside the scope of existing procurement channels.​

Skills & Experience:


  • Work with scientists and senior scientists to help plan, conduct, analyse, interpret, write up and report experiments to colleagues.​
  • Performs experiments to an extremely high standard in a timely manner.​
  • Maintaining laboratory notebooks to the required company standard​
  • Excellent experimental practice and general safety including risk assessments and COSHH assessments.​
  • Work with cross-functional teams, be adaptable to the needs of the company and to deliver experimental data and conducts literature and database searches as required.​


  • Experience in assay development in an industry setting​
  • Experience of using and developing ELISA technology.​
  • IVD and/or clinical knowledge​
  • Experience handling biohazardous materials including human blood products​
  • Knowledge on statistical analysis tools


We offer a competitive benefits package, with a focus on health and well-being - further supporting the belief in our mission to enable anyone, anywhere, to access, understand and act on their health.

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays and a Christmas closure
  • Annual Learning & Development budget 4% of your salary
  • 12 days of Learning leave
  • 4% matched pension
  • £500 Well-being allowance
  • Private Medical Insurance - (includes subsidised gym memberships)
  • 24/7 access to a GP
  • Life Assurance - x4 annual salary
  • Income Protection - 75% of your basic annual salary
  • Private Travel Insurance
  • Annual eye tests
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Travel to work loan scheme
  • Relocation assistance
  • Volunteering leave
  • Give as you earn - pre-tax salary donations to any UK charitable organisation.
  • Quarterly Team Building events and social events
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity


Join us and build a better future.