Production Technician sought


  • Position: Product Technician

  • Salary: £18,000-£22,000 commensurate with experience

  • Location: Penicuik, Midlothian.

  • Desired start date: 1 April 2022

  • Application close date: 13 March 2022

Position overview


We are seeking a Production Technician to join our growing team of 17 and support us in the delivery of our innovative AmpliSpec™ LAB veterinary diagnostic products. The position will primarily require the following tasks associated with production:

  • Preparing standardised buffers and other reagents for sale.

  • Stock control.

  • Document administration, including for health and safety.

  • Performing routine quality control tests.

  • Packaging products for distribution.

  • General laboratory housekeeping.


The role will require hands-on laboratory skills, an understanding of Microsoft Office and stock systems work. Full training in all procedures will be given, so an enthusiasm for learning in a fast-paced growing environment is essential.

You will receive a competitive salary plus additional benefits including pension and flexible hours. This is a permanent position based on a 37.5-hour week.

The role


Reporting to our Laboratory Manager, your primary role will be to manufacture our AmpliSpec™ LAB products in line with our sales projections. Your role will also include aspects of maintaining the smooth running of our R&D and production facilities.

  • Liaise with R&D team to ensure effective transfer of AmpliSpec™ LAB products to manufacture.

  • Manufacture AmpliSpec™ LAB products to defined quality standards to meet our sales projections.

  • Ensure the R&D laboratory and production facility are clean and tidy at all times – understanding Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) requirements.

  • Support implementation of enterprise resource planning and quality management systems.

  • Work closely with the Laboratory Manager to ensure smooth running of lab.


  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to manufacture, package and perform quality control assays of AmpliSpec™ LAB products.

  • Assist in the writing of SOPs for any new processes that are required for manufacturing.

  • Work closely with the Operations team to implement and run the Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) system and complete regular stock checks.

  • Ensure good communication within the manufacturing team to achieve set goals.

  • Use SOPs to prepare buffers and other reagents for use in the laboratory, whilst keeping regular checks on materials to ensure minimum stock requirements are always met.

  • General laboratory cleaning.

  • Disposal of all hazardous waste.

  • Incoming and outgoing goods control

  • Communicate clearly with the Laboratory Manager at all times

  • Any other duties as defined by Biotangents from time to time and as needs dictate.



Biotangents is a fast-paced and agile business. Commercially led, the flat structure and pace enables quick decision-making capability and the opportunity to influence and direct the business. Our team need to be able to facilitate change in a positive manner, influence and collaborate in a friendly and open environment, and recognise and develop potential within the team. We are looking to develop an open, honest can-do environment and are committed to driving for a fast-paced effective team culture.

Candidate requirements


You must meet the following requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication speaking skills.

  • Good organisational skills.

  • The ability to work as an individual or as part of a busy team.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills.

  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Dedication to quality and safety.

  • Educated to A level or degree level in any science-related discipline so there is an understanding of basic chemicals and reagent preparation.

  • The ability to communicate well and work effectively in a team.

The following would additionally be desirable:

  • Previous experience working within a laboratory.

  • Previous experience in preparing standardised buffers following SOPs.

  • An understanding of how MRP systems work.

We look for the following interpersonal skills in our team:

  • An ability to demonstrate behaviour which embodies our core values of proactivity, pragmatism, fairness and integrity.

  • Strong decision-making capabilities, deadline-driven.

  • An active listener.

  • A propensity to overcome challenges in inventive ways.

  • A commitment to continuous improvement.

  • A capability and willingness to participate in continuous learning.

  • A willingness to “pitch in” and get involved.

  • To be ambassadors of Biotangents.

  • The ability to work under pressure and maintain a positive manner.

  • Strong time management skills.

How to apply


Applications comprising a CV and cover letter should be sent to Dr Stefania Meconcelli at We will only consider applicants able to demonstrate the right to work in the UK, and your application must confirm that you are able to do this.

About Biotangents


Founded in Edinburgh in 2015 and awarded “Best Start-Up of 2020” by IHS Markit Animal Health, Biotangents are developing diagnostics for infectious diseases of livestock and launched our first product in 2021. We combine machine learning bioinformatics, customisable biology workflows and advanced microfluidics to deliver the next generation of veterinary diagnostics that enable vets and farmers to take rapid action to treat and prevent disease and enhance the sustainability of livestock farming. Using technology that detects specific nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) sequences characteristic of a given disease, we offer diagnostic laboratories molecular quality results with a simple protocol and vets and farmers rapid and reliable diagnostic results at the pen-side.