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Research Technician

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 15th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £23,699 to £25,458, with potential progression once in post to £29,471
  • REF: 98201
  • Closes: 06th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Main duties

The candidate will support projects funded by Industry and MRC funding awarded to Dr Simon Afford the principle investigator in the UoB machine perfusion research group based within the Institute of Biomedical Research , UoB College of Medicine and Dentistry
The candidate will analyse B cell responses to vaccination in mice. He/she will
• prepare reagents and provide cell preparations for all areas of research across the group
• procure process and archive samples of liver tissue, perfusate and blood from various ex vivo and perfusion experiments
• analyse of sample as outlined above in previous section.
• Experimental data will be recorded and analysed.

The technician will already be proficient in these techniques, or will be able to use and apply these techniques independently after being trained by experienced members of the lab.This knowledge to be gained from extensive practical experience and formal qualifications.The technical and/or other skills will vary according to the work area and support the requirements of research group(s) working within the area. However it is expected that all appropriate/required knowledge/skill base will be delivered at the “higher level” and include but are not restricted/limited to the following
• Safe working practices
• Working to deadlines and providing consistent results delivery
• Resolving problems that may affect the achievement of objectives and deadlines
• Communicating results to colleagues
• Providing support and guidance to junior members of staff and/or students
• Maintaining good record keeping
• An awareness of University & Trust Health & Safety policies and procedures (if applicable)

• Enabling staff and students, working within the area of responsibility, to comply with all basic University / College Health & Safety policies This will include compliance by all staff with current rules governing work with COSHH, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), biological samples, human tissue, and schedule 5 toxins etc. Ensure all required assessments are in place approved and up to date.
• Maintaining records both paper and computer based as appropriate.
• Carrying out regular maintenance processes such as flushing eye wash stations as appropriate and ensuring records are maintained.
• Reporting any breaches or non-compliance with H&S procedures to the PI, Technical Manager, Laboratory Manager or College Safety Adviser.
• Upholding the correct waste disposal stream as governed by College and local policy for laboratory, recycled and general waste
• Adopt a proactive attitude to assisting with and implementing carbon reduction and energy saving measures

• The post holder will assist with the daily administration and organisation of the work area. These duties include:
• Maintaining stocks of consumables, if necessary, creating purchase order requisitions for the College finance office or via web based ordering system
• Receipt and correct storage of consumables and chemical reagents.
• Ensuring that the facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe condition, reporting any problems through the appropriate channels.
• Ensuring the best use of equipment through booking systems, if appropriate
• Reporting any problems with equipment or services to the line manager as appropriate.

• In collaboration with the Laboratory Manager or supervisor the post holder will take an active role in the training and mentoring process for junior or newly appointed staff/students
• To actively engage in the Personal Development Process
• To contribute at a level appropriate with the grade, to internal and external audit procedures, and to regulatory inspections.
• Assist Technical Managers and/or Laboratory Managers in identifying and tracking items held on the University asset register.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required

• GCSE (A*- C) or equivalent in mathematics
• In-depth practical knowledge of technical and scientific methods stated above and Good Laboratory Practice gained through extensive experience and formal qualification
• Extensive experience of similar laboratory based work
• Positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others
• Ability to organise and manage own work load and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements
• Ability to work under minimal supervision but function as part of a team
• Knowledge of current relevant H&S policies
• Proficiency in commonly used software packages

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