Cell Culture Specialist

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Apr 2020

Accountability, responsibility and duties;

  • Preparation and maintenance of secondary cells lines, both inside and outside of the restricted area
  • Preparation of primary cells from animal tissue samples
  • Aseptic preparation of cell culture media and supplements
  • Management of online cell ordering system, ensuring cells are delivered to customers on time and to a suitable standard
  • Ensuring all cells supplied to ISO17025 accredited laboratories are produced and maintained in accordance with these standards
  • Deliver good and consistent customer service by maintaining correspondence
  • Responsibility for working collaboratively with other team members
  • Storage and recovery of cell stocks including database management and access to liquid nitrogen storage rooms
  • Providing new staff with sufficient training, supervision and instruction to ensure they can carry out their role
  • Maintain own training record to demonstrate competency.
  • Ensuring that cell culture services are maintained over holiday periods and bank holidays
  • Undertake quality control functions including purity and identity testing of cell cultures
  • Responsible for ordering consumables to maintain functional capability                        

Responsible for Personal Health & Safety, which will include:

  • Maintaining electronic training records of all mandatory courses
  • Following good laboratory practice related to safety, behaviour and hygiene.
  • Taking ownership of personal Health and Safety responsibilities and compliance with institute Risk and Assurance procedure and policies
  • Following Biosafety procedures and notifying line manager if procedures are not followed.

The Cell Culture department are responsible for the cell banks of over 200 different cell lines and some cell lines are contained within a SAPO 4 restricted area

Person Specification


  • Higher education qualification inbiosciences or extensive cell culture experience
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience of maintaining and culturing secondary cell lines
  • Computer literate, with the ability to familiarise with database systems.
  • Working within a lab environment working to ISO9001 quality standards or equivalent

For those applicants where English is not their first language, please note that the successful applicant must be able to prove their ability to communicate in English. The required standard for the Pirbright Institute has been set as an overall mark of 7.0 in the IELTS qualification (with no lower than 7.0 for listening and reading, no lower than 6.5 for speaking and no lower than 6.0 for writing) or the equivalent in an alternative qualification.


  • Preparation and maintenance of primary cultures
  • Experience in an industry based, hospital or academic environment
  • Experience of contributing to SOPs, Methods, or reports
  • Working within a lab environment to ISO17025 quality standards or equivalent

Personal behaviours and skills:


  • Reliability under pressure
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Good mathematical and numeric skills
  • Able to investigate, document and maintain records accurately
  • Time management skills


  • Professional and customer focussed -diplomatic, enthusiastic, friendly
  • Intellectually engaged – take opportunities to develop professional skills

What we offer: 

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare vouchers and a subsidised childcare allowance 

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