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Research Assistant (Lab Manager)

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join the research group of Professor Azim Surani, which works on early pre- and post-implantation mouse and human development, and the germline. The Research Assistant will provide efficient technical support to the group by facilitating smooth running of the tissue culture facility, maintaining stem cells lines, media preparation and tissue culture reagents, assisting with molecular and cellular analysis. The postholder will also conduct experiments under instruction and eventually independently when protocols are established.

Candidates should ideally have a higher degree (e.g. MSc) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification to HND/HNC, level 4/5 vocational qualifications together with appropriate managerial and practical experience. Practical experience of laboratory technician/biological scientific research work is required, including knowledge of the relevant practices and Health and Safety regulations. Expertise in 'organoids' and 3D culture is desirable, as well as experience of work on mouse model. High degree of precision and accuracy is essential, together with good IT and excellent communication skills. An ability to learn and implement new technical procedures would be an advantage, and with willingness to carry out projects when required. Some flexibility in working hours is also required, as cell culture and animal work may occasionally mean weekend and work out of hours.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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.

Please submit your enquiries to Mrs Lynn Froggett (email Please quote reference PR15295 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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