Chief Research Laboratory Technician

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Nov 2021

Applications are invited for a Chief Research Lab Technician position in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, working in the laboratory of Prof. Jussi Taipale. The group includes both experimental biologists and computer scientists, and is currently composed of five postdoctoral fellows and a PhD student. 

The laboratory focuses on the study of transcriptional control of cell growth, using functional genomics and systems biology, and mouse genetic models. Current lines of work include high-throughput determination of binding sites and binding specificities of human transcription factors, and using this information to identify regulatory elements that control cell growth during normal development or in cancer (see for example Hallikas et al., Cell 124:47-59, 2006; Sur et al., Science 338:1360-1363, 2012; Jolma et al., Cell 152:327-339, 2013; Jolma et al., Nature 527:384-388, 2015; Yin et al., Science 356:eaaj2239, 2017; Zhu et al., Nature 562:76-81, 2018; Yan et al., Nature, in press, 2021).

The post will have both research and administrative tasks. This will include procuring laboratory equipment and consumables, maintaining and managing equipment and Health and Safety responsibilities, filing documents and other routine administrative tasks such as accepting shipments, ordering consumables and handling invoices. The ideal candidate should be competent using computers and especially know Excel at a good level.

The successful candidate will also participate in routine research work such as handling and maintenance of genetically modified mice, tissue processing, protein purification, cell culture, and molecular biology (e.g. PCR, and Western blotting, molecular cloning, plasmid extraction), and keeping up with relevant technical developments. Experience with these techniques would be highly desirable, although training will be provided. In addition, responsibilities include taking care of the common laboratory space, equipment, reagents and glassware.

We are seeking highly motivated applicants with very good organizational and communication skills, who are punctual and able to work independently as well as a part of a team and learn new techniques. The post holder would be supervised day to day by a senior research associate of the laboratory, and would also support projects led by postdoctoral research associates and PhD students, where needed. Applicants should hold a minimum of B.Sc. level degree in molecular biology, biomedical sciences, or other relevant field. Work experience in a similar position is desirable.

The post will be available from November 2021.

Applicants should submit an application citing relevant experience, explain why they are suitable for the position and contact information for at least one referee.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please quote reference PH28473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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