Laboratory Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Laboratory Technician
Post Number
1004310
Closing Date
1 Sep 2022
Grade
SC7
Starting Salary
£26,600 - £32,800
Hours per week
20
Project Title
How a complex angiogenic network is governed to deliver vascular development and health
Months Duration
12

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

To assist with health monitoring and genotyping of genetically modified mouse models that will be employed under a BHF grant.

Key Relationships

Liaise with group leader and other members of the Robinson Lab, plus staff in DMU, and staff at QIB.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Health Monitoring and genotyping of mouse colonies
70
Assist with the set up of in vivo experiments
10
Assist with analysis and presentation of data
10
Help with general maintenance and organisation of the laboratory
5
Presentation of data to members of the group and Institute
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Studying for BSc or equivalent in a scientific subject
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
General understanding of mammalian genetics
Essential
General cell biology laboratory skills
Essential
Knowledge in Protein extraction and Western blotting
Essential
Able to understand and conform to standard operating protocols in a laboratory setting
Essential
Knowledge and understanding of PCR-based genotyping
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Accurate record keeping
Essential
Previous experience of working in a laboratory
Essential
Experience in training others
Desirable
Experience in Cell biology
Desirable
Nucleic acid extraction and PCR analyses
Desirable
Protein extraction and Western blotting
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Flexible and responsive approach to tasks
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Ability to prioritise in order to meet the needs of the group
Essential
Well organised with attention to detail and accuracy
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential

Who We Are

Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

For more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience, please click here.

Department

Gut Microbes and Health

Living in Norfolk

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Laboratory Technician

Applications are invited for a Laboratory Technician to join the Laboratory of Stephen Robinson in the Gut Microbes and Health programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

Dr Stephen Robinson’s group are interested in understanding how microbiota-host interactions regulate vascular systems across our entire lives, including during early development, adult homeostasis, normal and dysfunctional ageing and in pathological states (e.g. cancers and tissue injuries). Our ultimate goal is to guide the use and design of microbiota-based therapies in order to maintain life-long vascular health.

The role:

The Laboratory Technician will join a project focused on understanding how specific endothelial cell receptors mediate these processes. They will carry out health monitoring and genotyping of mouse colonies.

In this role, the post holder will have the opportunity to develop their skills in the management of large, complex mouse colonies. As well as developing a basic understanding of in vivo experimental setup, data analyses and presentation.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will be studying for a BSc or equivalent in a scientific subject with previous experience of working in a laboratory. They will have knowledge and an understanding of mammalian genetics and cell biology methodologies including nucleic acid and protein extraction and further analysis by PCR. The post holder will have excellent record keeping and time management skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £26,600 to £32,800 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a part-time post for a contract of 12 months.

This role does not meet the full salary requirements set by UKVI to allow for visa sponsorship.  However, some individuals may still be eligible for visa sponsorship depending on their personal circumstances.  If you require visa sponsorship, please click here to find out if you qualify before applying. Please note, the occupation code for this role is 2112, which is on the shortage occupation list.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society.  The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values.  To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the Quadram Institute:

The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Its mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a state-of-the-art building on the Norwich Research Park. This is one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (https://quadram.ac.uk/).

The closing date for applications will be 1st September 2022

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer