Research Technician

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £29,802 - £34,867 per annum
  • REF: 1880555
  • Closes: 05th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Technician post based in the Dementia Research Institute (DRI) Fluid Biomarker Laboratory (FBL), which collaborates with laboratories working on neurodegeneration nationally and internationally and has multiple sensitive platforms for biomarker measurements. The Lab also curates a biobank of fluid samples, such as serum, plasma and cerebrospinal fluid, from patient volunteers covering the whole spectrum of neurodegenerative disease.

The main DRI FBL is within the DRI at UCL and is part of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease (DND) at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. The laboratory works closely with the UCL Dementia Research Centre (DRC). The DRC, also part of the DND, is a clinical research unit focusing on identifying and understanding the disease processes that cause dementia and helping to find new treatments. Collection, processing and storage of fluid biomarkers are crucial to these aims. The appointee will link between the DRC and the FBL. The post holders primary role will be to process and database incoming biomarker samples collected by Queen Square researchers and to take responsibility for high quality data management and governance in relation to these samples.

The post is available immediately and is funded from the UK Dementia Research Institute @ UCL for one year in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants must have a BSc in a Biomedical subject or equivalent experience, general laboratory competence and ability to use basic lab equipment, such as centrifuge and pipette. Experience with databases, excellent organisational skills and experience of this in past roles, good IT skills are a requirement, as are excellent oral and written communication skills to ensure the smooth running of the biobanking/sample service aspect of the role. Candidates must have good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting and be meticulous and accurate in all aspects of work. Experience in molecular biology laboratory is desirable.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

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We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

5 Dec 2021

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