Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

Laboratory Supervisor (Intracellular Cytokine Staining)

Job Location UK-Milton Park, Abingdon
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/21/2021 9:13 AM)
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Oxford Diagnostic Laboratories (ODL) is the sample testing service offered by Oxford Immunotec Ltd. The service specialises in the analysis of T-cells to aid the diagnosis of, and investigation of, infectious diseases using Oxford Immunotec’s own T-SPOT technology as well as innovative research techniques.  ODL provides a diagnostic service to UK clinical services as well as participating in ground-breaking research including collaboration with vaccine development companies.


  • The postholder will lead the ODL Flow Cytometry facility providing high-level technical support to team members and customers.
  • Responsible for the day to day supervision, training and productivity of the Flow Cytometry team.
  • Instigate and design experimental and technical solutions as required
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the ODL support facilities
  • Contribute to the success of ODL science by providing training to others, acquiring and disseminating information and conducting research in support of ODL programs.
  • Ensure that the Quality Management System is adhered to at all times
  • Be proactive in maintaining the quality of ODL offering by ensuring samples are processed and reported accurately and within specified time limits

Main duties & Responsibilities 

  • Lead the Flow Cytometry Facility and to be the focus of expertise in flow cytometry for ODL and Oxford Immunotec (OI)
  • Manage the operation of the flow cytometry facility, organise work schedules and allocate tasks, supervise the performance of the equipment, methodologies, and personnel of the facility
  • Prioritise and distribute access of team members to the equipment and services offered by the facility
  • Co-ordinate activities and work schedules with other managers and supervisors in ODL to ensure the whole service operates optimally at all times
  • Train team members on the use of the methodologies, equipment and associated software, and monitor their use of the equipment so that problems can be resolved efficiently
  • Manage quality control of the service, setting quality standards and devising and implementing protocols
  • Ensure the Flow Cytometry Facility remains at the forefront of technological and methodological developments in flow cytology and related technologies, including researching and implementing business cases for replacing equipment or introducing new or alternative equipment or methodology to the facility
  • Evaluate the scientific needs of the ODL and OI and plan strategies for additional capacity or personnel as required
  • Instigate and implement recruitment strategies as required for the flow cytometry facility
  • Evaluate and determine the service contracts and the budget requirements, ensuring that they provide value for money in the running of the facility
  • Manage supplier relationships so that the facility has access to the best deals and high levels of service from suppliers and engineers
  • Providing high quality flow cytometry expertise to OI scientists
  • Ensuring the service is run in accordance with local policies (e.g. health and safety) and legal and regulatory requirements for example GCL, GLP and ISO17025.
  • Supervising the Flow Cytometry Facility staff effectively so that the service runs optimally, managing and balancing the many and varied demands on the service from customers and external partners/collaborators
  • Interacting and coordinating with other OI facilities to minimise disruptions to services and optimise efficiency in the running of services in OI
  • Working collaboratively with scientists at OI to achieve their goals, particularly training them to use the equipment and advising them in the use of new techniques or new equipment
  • Setting standards for the service and monitoring these to ensure continued service improvement
  • Interacting and communicating effectively and appropriately across a wide range of stakeholders both within OI and externally. This includes (but is not restricted to) other OI facilities as well as scientists and support staff, and external suppliers/collaborators.
  • Ensuring internal and external information about the facility is up-to-date and pertinent (e.g. ensuring SOPs are up to date, the intranet page is up to date, providing material for the website).


Education / qualifications / training:


  • Degree in a biomedical, scientific or medical engineering subject or equivalent qualification or experience.
  • Good working knowledge of Windows and Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint


  • Higher degree in a scientific subject


Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:


  • Capable of handling multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Self-motivated with strong desire for self and team development
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability and versatility
  • Interpersonal and diplomacy skills


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