Research Technician - Biosciences - 81677 - Band 500

Jul 08, 2019
Aug 08, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Technician - 81677

0.7 FTE, FTC for up to 3 years

Closing date - 22nd July 2019

The post holder will be based in the School of Biosciences which sits in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. The post holder will join an established research team, working on RNA biology, t o purify RNA/DNA and Proteins and generate plasmids construct for transfection and fly transformation. The post holder will also carry out m aintenance of various cell/fly collections, the routine maintenance of numerous plasmid and antibody collections, plus related tasks. They will also a ssist with the general upkeep of group's laboratory area (including overseeing health and safety, GCP, plus other housekeeping matters as required).

The post holder will assist a designated group of research staff with specified experimental procedures. This will include involvement in a specific research project with the group leader as well as assisting other members of the group as required. This will include the ordering and supply of materials, maintenance of equipment, management of a controlled temperature room and insect housing room and the monitoring of safety in these areas.

Main duties

The main duties of the post holder will be to support the research of the group as directed by the generate plasmids construct for transfection and fly transformation.

· Maintenance of various cell/fly collections, the routine maintenance of numerous plasmid and antibody collections, plus related tasks.

· Assist with the general upkeep of group's laboratory area (including overseeing health and safety, attending to equipment repairs, plus other housekeeping matters as required).Maintenance of plasmid collections.

· Maintenance of antibody collections.

· Polysome fractionation of both Drosophila S2 and yeast cell extracts.

· Analysis and preparation of data to support publication of research findings.

· Analysis and presentation of data / work in the form of short written reports or orally within the group at internal meetings.

· Training of new staff / students in both basic and specialised laboratory techniques.

Health and Safety 10%

The post holder must have a good understanding of local and national H&S guidelines, and will be responsible for:-

· Enabling staff and students, working within the area of responsibility, to comply with all basic University / College / School Health & Safety policies; this will include compliance with current rules governing work with chemicals (COSHH), biological materials (BioCOSHH) and genetically-modified organisms (GMO) including "dual-use" pathogens.

· Ensuring that all required COSHH, BioCOSHH and GMO risk assessments are in place, valid and up to date; this will include writing assessments and maintaining both paper and electronic documentation as appropriate.

· Overseeing the provision of safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate to the work being conducted and risk assessment stipulations.

· Reporting any breaches or non-compliance with H&S procedures to the research group PI, local Research Infrastructure Manager and / or College Health and Safety Manager.

· Co-ordinating waste disposal and upholding the use of correct waste streams as governed by local policy for laboratory, recycled and general waste.

· Adopting a proactive attitude to assisting with and implementing carbon reduction / energy saving initiatives and measures.

General laboratory organisation and administration: 20%

The post holder will assist with the daily administration and organisation of the work area, and will be expected to:

· Establish and maintain key laboratory databases (eg. strain collections, plasmids, antibodies, reagents, risk assessments etc.).

· Liaise closely with members of the immediate research group and colleagues at other institutions in order to ensure rapid and accurate archiving of incoming research materials ·

· Maintain stocks of laboratory consumables; this will involve ordering, preparing and delivering reagents / materials to the research group, and collection of goods and materials from the College Stores and other areas.

· Oversee receipt and correct storage of consumables and materials.

· Ensure that the laboratory facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe state, reporting any problems through the appropriate channels.

· Ensure laboratory equipment is routinely maintained and fully-functional; this will involve liaising with the College Workshop and / or external service engineers as necessary.

· Ensuring the best use of equipment through the establishment and management of booking systems, if appropriate.

The post-holder will also be expected to undertake any other duties commensurate with his / her local College Research Infrastructure Manager (for non research-based activities).

Consignment of biological materials (as required, often several times per week).

Supervision of students (daily inc. practical guidance / assistance as required).

Other duties: 5%

In collaboration with his / her line manager and / or the other College Research Infrastructure Managers, the post holder will:

• Take an active role in the training, supervision and mentoring process for junior or newly-appointed research staff and students.

• Actively engage in the University's Personal Development Review (PDR) process.

• Contribute - at a level appropriate with the grade - to internal and external audit procedures, and to regulatory inspections.

• Assist in identifying and tracking items held on the University / College asset registers.