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Laboratory Manager (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Laboratory Manager to support the research group of Dr. Milka Sarris ( in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, from 1 September 2023 or by negotiation.

The Sarris lab studies the dynamics of leukocyte migration and signalling during immune responses in zebrafish. Current interests in the lab include the study of how neutrophils aggregate at sites of damage or infection in vivo and how their accumulation in these tissues is resolved (Poplimont et al. 2020, Coombs et al. 2019, Georgantzoglou et al. 2022). This post will be funded by a project entitled: 'The uncharted journeys of inflammatory cells and their functional implications', which aims to understand the long-term fates and migration trajectories of such innate immune cells after inflammatory challenge. We exploit the transparency of zebrafish larvae to perform high detail imaging of leukocytes and their interactions with microbes in a living animal.

The successful candidate will take charge of laboratory organisation, including health and safety compliance, the management of maintenance and purchasing, as well as zebrafish stock management, which includes genotyping, husbandry and maintenance of records and assisting with reporting and training relevant to licencing of animal work.

You will be expected to also undertake common cell and molecular biology work (e.g tissue culture and cloning), assist with live microscopy experiments as well as conducting pilot experiments for new projects. The post holder will be responsible for analysing and preparing figures, summarising experiments and communicating outcomes. Finally, the role holder will contribute to the induction and training of new lab members. This key position will be particularly suitable to someone with initiative and enthusiasm for learning, as it is a versatile role with skill development throughout the course of the project. In addition to technical competence, the successful candidate will be expected to have good communication skills and interact positively with other members of the team and the Department.

You should have a BSc or MSc in biology/cell biology/genetics or a related discipline or equivalent experience.

Skills required include:

  • Cell and molecular biology experience, including cell culture and molecular biology techniques.
  • Previous experience with zebrafish or other animal experimentation is highly desirable.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Experience with microscopy and microbiology is desirable.
  • The ability to demonstrate excellence in communication, enthusiasm, and a proven track record of good collaboration.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years, in the first instance.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Milka Sarris (

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

On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. If you have any contributions to publications you are welcome to add them to this section. The full contact details for two professional referees should be provided; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2023.

Please quote reference PM36665 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 Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience particularly encourages women and candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy.

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

Further information

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