Senior Research Technician

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Nov 2021

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £23,699 to £25,458 with potential progression once in post to £29,471 a year

Band 500

Full time 

Fixed Term Contract to 30 September 2022

This post is within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences funded for a fixed period until 30th September 2022 to support Professor Watson’s research group and is funded by the British Heart Foundation. 

The role holder will provide support for the research undertaken by Professor Watson’s research group using a variety of techniques to include, but not exclusively:

  • Protein expression of both bacterial and mammalian cultures
  • Cell and tissue culture of primary and immortalised cell lines
  • Cloning
  • Functional reporter assays
  • Western blotting
  • You will be responsible for assisting in managing the experimental laboratories.
  • You will use your in-depth knowledge of methods and procedures to advise on techniques and experimental procedures being used by researchers and/or students. This will involve communicating with colleagues at a range of levels and inexperienced students.
  • You will need to be able to diagnose and resolve problems and suggest solutions in regard to techniques and experiments.
  • Carry out specialist technical experimental procedures which will need you to use your judgment to assess the correct technique to use, and to consider how these may be improved, referring to your manager for approval on any proposed changes.
  • You will need to maintain accurate records of all techniques and experimental procedures you carry out including results.
  • Ensure compliance with legislation relevant to the area of research activity.
  • Comply with and promote the operating procedures for the area, including the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures regulation.

Skills and Experience:

  • Extensive relevant workplace experience, equivalent professional qualification or degree in an appropriate subject.
  • GCSE level 2 (A*- C) or equivalent level 2 qualification in mathematics and English.
  • In-depth practical knowledge of relevant technical and scientific methods.
  • Extensive experience of similar laboratory-based work, together with familiarity with a wide range of laboratory equipment.
  • 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 legislation relevant to the role.
  • Knowledge of current H&S policies and ability to uphold same.
  • Understanding of the Human Tissue Act and working to GLP standards
  • Proficiency in commonly used software packages.
  • Understands the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace
  • Ability to identify and respond to equality and diversity issues in line with relevant policies and procedures

For further information please contact Professor Steve Watson,

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit Please quote Job Ref 32819 in all enquiries. 

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