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Senior Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Senior Research Laboratory Technician to join the Solid Tumours of Childhood project, led by Dr Matthew Murray (University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist) and Professor Nicholas Coleman at the Department of Pathology. This translational project seeks to investigate genomic and genetic abnormalities in solid tumours of childhood, with particular emphasis on germ cell tumours. Our ultimate aim is to improve outcomes for children with these tumours.

The ideal candidate will possess a HBTEC or HNC Diploma or A-levels in a biological or other related subject and/or relevant laboratory experience in molecular biology, including genetics/genomics. He/She will have a good understanding of molecular biology and excellent general laboratory skills. The candidate should have meticulous documentation and note-keeping skills and be able to manage their time and work effectively. He/She should be able to carefully utilise scarce resources/samples. Good communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team are essential. The role of the post will be to provide technical support and assistance to Dr Murray and Professor Coleman in their research group. The role-holder will prepare and conduct experiments supervised by Dr Murray and other Coleman group members. He/She will work to defined protocols, and prepare and collate experimental data and results for subsequent interpretation. This will involve processing tissues, cells and other biosamples for DNA, RNA and protein extraction and undertaking experiments which will include PCR, Western blotting and immunohistochemistry.

We place great importance on practical ability, relevant experience, meticulous note-keeping and team-working and communication skills. You should be motivated by a desire to undertake high-quality research work in a time-efficient manner, in order to improve the biological understanding of solid tumours of childhood.

Interviews will take place Tuesday 15th August 2017

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30th June 2019.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 4th August 2017. Informal queries should be directed to Dr Matthew Murray, General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK12662 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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