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Research Laboratory Technician, NIHR BioResource for Translational Research (Fixed Term)

Are you a lab technician looking to make a difference with your work? Are you keen to gain experience in a busy lab?

We are recruiting a Research Laboratory Technician to support the operations of an exciting new rare diseases project. You will be working in a team and conducting molecular experiments on human biological samples whilst maintaining accurate records.

About us:

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website:

About the job:

The Rare Diseases Phenotyping project is recruiting 1000 patients to participate in ground-breaking research aiming to drive forward diagnosis, gene discovery and mechanistic understanding for patients with rare genetic diseases. The pilot phase is now complete and to increase capacity we require an additional team member.

As Research Laboratory Technician your duties will include:

  • Processing time-sensitive human biological samples, using aseptic techniques such as cell isolation and RNA extraction
  • Entering data accurately onto our laboratory records system (LIMS) and other databases
  • Preparing for experiments by labelling tubes and ensuring sufficient stock levels for the general operations of the lab
  • Assisting with writing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and risk assessments (RAs)
  • Following health and safety guidelines within a scientific environment including containment level 2 laboratories.

About you:

Ideally you will:

  • Have practical experience of laboratory technician / biological scientific research work or a similar role.
  • Work with a high degree of precision and accuracy.
  • Have excellent organisational and planning skills.
  • Be a team player with a 'can do' attitude and excellent communication skills
  • Have good IT skills including knowledge of spreadsheets and LIMS.
  • Be flexible with your work pattern as there may be occasional early evening work

What we offer:

The University offers a wide range of benefits, including family friendly policies, an attractive pension scheme and 36 days' annual holiday (inclusive of public holidays). We encourage career development by providing extensive training & development opportunities.

This appointment is full-time, 36.5 hours per week; part-time to 80% will be considered. Work - life balance is important, and we are open to discussion on flexible working.

NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) as part of a 5-year funding cycle. The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2024, with a further extension of 5 years dependent on available funding. Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

See the Further Information link below for full details and Person Specification. We encourage informal queries about the job or the application process - please contact Natasha Morgan, Rare Disease RNA Phenotyping Project Manager at or Sonia Pascoal, Research Lab Manager at

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing Date: 21 August 2022

Interview Date: w/c 29 August 2022

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RB32554 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.

Further information

Apply online