Flow Cytometry Technician

Edinburgh, UK
Jun 30, 2020
Jul 30, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine is looking to recruit a Flow Cytometry Technician (CT) to provide maternity cover for 1 year. The CT will assist the current manager and become part of a small team of two who are responsible for delivering flow cytometry and single cell services to the IGMM and external collaborators. The post holder will work with the Manager to operate all aspects of the service. The post holder will be expected to stay abreast of changing flow cytometry/single cell technology, including equipment and protocols. The CT will be responsible for operation of both the sorters, analysers and single cell instruments, data collection and transfer of data. In addition CT will train users on the use of flow cytometry software and basic data collection on the analysers. The service provides a flow cytometry/single cell service to approximately 150 research staff and students within the institute and to some external University of Edinburgh Collaborators.

You will have a minimum of HNC/HND in a biological sciences subject, preferably educated to a degree level, and substantial experience in running flow cytometry experiments and data analysis

Informal enquiries may be made to igmmhr@igmm.ed.ac.uk

Job Purpose
The cytometry service provides a service to the IGMM institute which has approximately 485 staff, 100 visiting workers and 145 students. The facility operates 2 flow cytometry sorters a BD FACS aria (5 lasers) and a BD Jazz (2 lasers). There are also 2 flow cytometry analysers a BD Fortessa (4 lasers) and a BD accuri (2 lasers). The facility also operates two single cell platforms, a 10X Genomics Chromium and a VyCAP puncher system.

The main services are cell sorting and analysis, sorting is only carried out by the flow cytometry staff and analysis is carried out by cytometry staff and regular users who are trained to operate the instruments. The facility has also recently started providing access to new single cell platforms which the post holder will be expected to help develop and expand. The post holder will work alongside the FACs facility manager in providing the IGMM flow cytometry/single cell service and will expected to maintain the service during the manager's holidays and absences.

Main Responsibilities
The post holder will be responsible for processing samples for both the sorters and analysers instruments. They will liaise with customers and discuss their requirements and create methods based on these discussion and offer advice on the results and data analysis.

Routine maintenance and cleaning of FACS instruments will be carried out daily and the all 4 instruments calibrated with standards.

Training staff and students on setting up, calibrating and cleaning the FACS analysers and how to create methods to process their samples.

Manage the PPMS booking/recharging system. .

Purchasing of laboratory consumables to ensure facility is well stocked, safe and operational

Training staff and students on data analysis using the software package BDFacs diva and FlowJo

Operating and developing the single cell instruments

Planning and Organising
• Self-starter with excellent time management skills
• Good communication & training skills
• Ability to organise own work-load under guidance of core facility manager
• Ability to re-organise workload at short notice to cope with late/cancelled samples
• Ability to plan & execute high quality flow cytometry research work in accordance with standard operating procedures, responsibility for maintenance and updating of SOPs under guidance of the core facility manager

Problem Solving
• Technical problem solving skills in that the post holder will be able to resolve any potential instrument and sample relation issues that may arise
• Diplomacy & judgement required in contact with collaborators/customers and suppliers; for examples there will be occasions where customers may have unrealistic timelines expectations and the post holder will have to explain the reasons why it cannot be met in a firm but fair manner
• Acting on a working knowledge of equipment & consumable needs for best choice decisions for collaborators/customers
• Acting from own detailed knowledge and experience when dealing with health and safety matters particularly in regard to biological samples and lasers use

Decision Making
The post holder will be expected to work unsupervised and will be expected to use their knowledge to solve technical issues, for example they may on occasion decide not to process a sample as the quality of the sample is not suitable, or that instrument failure cannot be resolved in house so an engineer needs to be called out. The post holder should be able to make these decisions independently and would not normally need to be refer to the manager for approval. They would also have to make purchasing decisions to ensure the FACs facility was fully stocked with consumables and standard kits.

Key Contacts/Relationships
• Liaise with relevant University staff for safety and training issues
• Liaise with relevant scientific collaborators/customers as required
• Liaise with external engineers / application support staff and other experts for maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment and or experimental procedures

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential -
• Minimum HNC/HND in biological sciences subject, preferably educated to degree level.

Desirable -
• Background in tissue and cell culture


Essential -
• Good computer knowledge (MS Office, scientific software, statistical software)
• Previous laboratory health and safety experience
• Ability to operate and troubleshoot flow cytometry instruments; analyser and sorters
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Basic laboratory molecular biology skills

• Ability to work independently in an analytical laboratory
• Ability to culture cells


Essential -
• Experience with COSHH and risk assessments
• Sound relevant experience working in a laboratory environment
• Experience in day to day management of small service laboratory

Desirable -
• Experience in following standard operating procedures
• Experience in writing standard operating procedures
• Experience in working in a laboratory service department

The post holder will be part of small team that provides a high quality flow cytometry service to the IGMM institute which has approximately 500 staff, 150 students and 120 visiting workers.

Job Context and any other relevant information
The IGMM FACS service is managed and provided by the FACS manager with the support of the post holder. This post will provide maternity cover for one year. The post holder will operate all the flow cytometry/single cell instruments in the facility and will be expected to contribute to the development of the service.

The role is grade UE06 and attracts an annual salary of £28,331 to £32,816 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 1 year.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our pension's website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/finance/pensions/scheme-details/uss

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To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

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In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

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Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online by clicking the "apply" button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Closing date: 14 July 2020 at 5pm.

Interview date
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
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