Research Technician - School of Biosciences

United Kingdom
£20,235 - £26,274
Dec 17, 2020
Jan 16, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Position Details

School of Biosciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £20,235 to £21,598, with potential progression once in post to £26,274

Band 400

Part Time 80% 28.8 hours per week - Fixed Term Contract upto 10 months

Closing date - 3rd January 2020

Job Summary

The post-holder will provide general and specialised research technical assistance to Dr Yun Fan's research team and will make a significant contribution to his lab research on understanding regulation of apoptosis-induced cell proliferation, a phenomenon relevant to regeneration and cancer. In addition to assist with general maintenance of the laboratory including maintaining a regular supply of basic lab essentials and critical laboratory Drosophila stocks, under direct supervision of Dr. Fan, the post-holder will conduct genetic analyses using Drosophila models together with multiple methods including tissue dissection, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry and microscopy. The post will be held in the School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences which is where Dr Yun Fan and his research group are based. The post holder will also be expected to provide support for and contribute to College activities to ensure H&S, compliance and lab cleanliness are maintained.

Main Duties

Research 60%

The main focus of this post is to work closely with colleagues within the group to deliver high-quality, novel scientific data
  • Conducting genetic analyses, molecular biology, biochemistry and imaging etc. as required to characterise novel regulators of apoptosis-induced proliferation in Drosophila models.
  • Analysing and preparing data to help with publication of research results.
  • Analysing and presenting data and work in the form of short written reports or orally within the group at internal meetings.
  • Training students and new members of the group in basic genetic and laboratory techniques.
  • Maintenance of laboratory Drosophila stocks in appropriate good health conditions and with careful record keeping.
  • To assist with making fly-food if required and its associated tasks should the need arise;
  • Participate in outreach activities to disseminate the findings from this project to the wider public.

General laboratory organisation, Research support and administration (15%)

The post holder will assist with the daily administration and organisation of the work area, and will be expected to:
  • Liaise closely with members of the immediate research group and colleagues at other institutions in order to ensure rapid and accurate archiving of incoming research materials.
  • Oversee receipt and correct storage of consumables and materials.
  • Ensure that the laboratory facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe state, reporting any problems through the appropriate channels.
  • Ensure laboratory equipment is routinely maintained and fully-functional; this will involve liaising with the College Workshop and / or external service engineers as necessary.
  • Ensuring the best use of equipment through the establishment and management of booking systems, if appropriate.
  • The post-holder will also be expected to undertake any other duties commensurate with his / her grade and skill base as directed by the local College Lab Manager.

Health and Safety (15%)

General Workplace Health and Safety
  • Understand and comply with foundations of health and safety including responsibility for health and safety under the HASWA.
  • Understand and comply with risk assessment & control including COSHH assessments.
  • Complete risk assessment and implement controls including for COSHH.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of personal protective equipment e.g. face mask, fume hood.
  • Understand and practice fire and electrical safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Understand and practice safe manual handling and repetitive activities, including DSE.
  • Understand Hazardous area classification & DSEAR regulations and how they apply within their area of responsibility.
  • Understand and comply with site and local emergency procedures.
  • Understand and comply with the University's safety policies and procedures

Laboratory Safety & Housekeeping
  • Work safely in a laboratory and follow aseptic laboratory procedures where required.
  • Maintain excellent housekeeping.
  • Order and control stocks of laboratory materials where required.
  • Understand and follow risk assessments.
  • Understand and comply with laboratory health and safety and compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical requirements.
  • The postholder will be required to ensure the safe handling and disposal of all materials used in practical classes including hazardous chemicals. The ability to handle HF (Hydrogen Fluoride) would also be desirable.

Environmental Management
  • Understand the management and control of laboratory waste.
  • Understand the handling and disposal of chemical substances.
  • Understand environmental risk assessments (impact assessment).
  • Understand and apply the concepts of resource efficiency to energy, water and waste.

  • Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to their work.
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required.
  • Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results.

  • In collaboration with the Laboratory Manager or supervisor the post holder will take an active role in the training and mentoring process for junior or newly appointed staff/students
  • To actively engage in the Personal Development Process
  • To contribute at a level appropriate with the grade, to internal and external audit procedures, and to regulatory inspections.
  • Assist Technical Managers and/or Laboratory Managers in identifying and tracking items held on the University asset register.

Person Specification
  • Extensive relevant experience, degree or equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject
  • GCSE (A*- C) or equivalent in mathematics
  • In-depth practical knowledge of technical and scientific methods stated above and Good Laboratory Practice gained through extensive experience and formal qualification
  • Prior laboratory experience on Drosophila genetics is preferred.
  • 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 relevant H&S policies.
  • Proficiency in commonly used software packages.
  • Willingness to work towards professional registration.

Informal enquires to Yun Fan, email:

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