• Posted on: 03rd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £33,114 including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 035967
  • Closes: 24th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

The research work of the group encompasses a wide variety of wet and dry lab activities. These include molecular and cellular biology experimentation and support in specialist techniques.

The post holder with work alongside the Schools Professional Services team, providing high quality technical support and assisting in laboratory research activities. It is expected that 50% of the time will be spent on ensuring the smooth running in the labs, including ensuring a high standard of cleanliness and sustainability within the lab, producing sterile preparations and provisions, servicing and maintaining equipment, management of chemical and stock supplies, and ensuring compliance with health and safety procedures as directed by the department.

It is expected that 30% of the time will be dedicated to scientific services which support experimental research including aseptic tissue collection, tissue and cell culture and isolation of primary neonatal and adult cardiac myocytes from both mice and rats.

The rest of the time will be spent providing experimental support for molecular and cellular biology experiments and participating in School projects and activities as directed.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 2 years

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Provide knowledge of technical or scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through experience and/or formal education
  • Support a range of technical activities, providing research support and scientific services where there are established standards and requirements for service
  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the labs, including equipment maintenance and resource management
  • Actively participate in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment
  • Gain a strong understanding of the laboratory users’ requirements and appropriately align with changing priorities/needs

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

The post requires a minimum level 4 qualification, plus work experience in a relevant technical/scientific post and knowledge and skills of a range of scientific practices and procedures applicable to the area of work. The successful applicant must demonstrate proven technical experience in a range of techniques in molecular biology, cell culture and histology, microscopy. The post holder must demonstrate an active commitment to professional development such as membership to a professional body, commitment to Continuing Professional Development and/or ongoing training or education activities.

Essential criteria

1. Minimum level 4 qualification e.g. higher apprenticeship, HNC or other Level 4 award

2. Previous work experience in a relevant technical/scientific post

3. Knowledge and skills gained through work experience in a relevant technical or scientific post

4. Expertise in molecular biology, cell culture and/or histology

5. Working knowledge and understanding of Laboratory Health and Safety Regulations (COSHH, GMO (contained use), etc.) governing the area of work

6. Good computer skills, numeracy skills and ability to apply learnt techniques to the work context

7. Good planning and organization skills, with ability to manage own workload and work with minimal supervision

8. Excellent communication skills, orally and in writing, along with strong interpersonal and collaborative skills

9. Understanding of methodologies and techniques with a knowledge of a range of technical or scientific practices, methods of procedures applicable to the work area

10. Strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development and active engagement in ongoing training and learning activities

Desirable criteria

1. Experience working in a biological services unit, with a strong understanding of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act

2. Knowledge of Schedule 1 techniques, mutant colony breeding systems, and genotyping of transgenic mouse colonies

3. Experience in laboratory equipment maintenance and management of stock levels of consumables, supplies and in-house preparations

Further information

The applicant should be able and willing to provide additional support beyond core hours as required.

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