Research Technician - School of BioSciences - 80297 - band 400
School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
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
Fixed term until May 31, 2021 (estimated start date September 14, 2020)
Closing date - August 17, 2020
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Research Technician to support the research activities of the lab of Dr Carolina Rezaval at the University of Birmingham. The post will be held in the School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, where the Rezaval lab is based, as part of an exciting fly community.
The post-holder will be an active research member, conducting individual research as directed by Dr Rezaval, and assisting her research group with experimental procedures. She/he will make a significant contribution to the research project on “Neuropeptidergic regulation of behavioural action-selection” which is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The postholder will be required to work closely with members of the Rezaval lab providing day-to-day support by carrying out molecular biology methods, immunohistochemistry, Western Blotting, microscopy and Drosophila genetics, as well as aiding with routine fly work. She/he will also be responsible for maintenance of the laboratory’s collection of Drosophila stocks, and for supporting the day-to-day running of the laboratory (eg. attending to equipment repairs, maintaining a regular supply of basic lab essentials, plus other tasks as required).
The post-holder will need to have excellent organisational and research skills, a proven ability to work well with others and a positive attitude to learning and troubleshooting new methods.
To carry out experiments under the guidance of the PI, which might include: husbandry of
fruit-flies (Drosophila), genetics, dissections of the Drosophila nervous system, antibody stainings, microscopy, molecular cloning and related techniques (e.g. PCR, CRISPR/Cas9, etc).
Work to deadlines and providing consistent results delivery
Analysing and presenting data / work in the form of short written reports or orally within the group at internal meetings.
Maintaining records both paper and computer based as appropriate.
Organise, back up and curate research data (e.g. in university server, external drives, etc)
Learn new methods/techniques, trouble-shoot and contribute to developing new techniques and methods to deliver on project aims
Prepare findings for publication, e.g. by producing figures, and writing up experimental results which would occasionally contribute to small sections (methodology, tables) of publications
Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
Adopt safe working practices
General laboratory organisation, Research support and administration
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.
Maintenance of laboratory Drosophila stocks in appropriate good health conditions and with careful record keeping.
Assisting in fly-food related issues
Organisation of laboratory databases:
Curate digital databases of reagents (including fruit-flies, constructs, antibodies, lab reagents, risk assessments etc) produced or held in the Rezaval lab.
Curate the physical location of reagents that are curated digitally, so that they match and are findable
Support for Technical Training:
The post-holder will provide training and supervision of new inexperienced students / staff as required, and attend any training programs pertinent to this post as directed.
Undertake management/administration tasks arising from research if and as required
Ensuring the best use of equipment through booking systems, if appropriate
Reporting of any problems with equipment or services to the line manager or workshop, as appropriate
Any other duties commensurate with the grade and skill base of the postholder as directed by either the Principal Investigator for research based activities or the Head of Infrastructure and Facilities for non-research based activities.
Health and Safety
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.
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.
To participate in outreach and public engagement activities of the Rezaval team.
Extensive relevant experience, degree or equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject
In-depth practical knowledge of technical and scientific methods stated above and Good Laboratory Practice gained through extensive experience and formal qualification
Extensive experience of similar laboratory based work
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
For informal enquiries, please contact Carolina Rezavel, C.Rezaval@bham.ac.uk
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Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Posting 02.08.2020, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Band 400
Salary (Pay Basis) 19,581.00
Maximum Salary 25,509.00