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Job Title / Research Technician
Dept./School/Inst. / Barts Cancer Institute / Section/Centre/Unit / Flow Cytometry Core Services
Career Family / Technical / Grade / 3
Working hours per week / 35 / Appointment period / 18 months
Reports to (job title) / Flow Cytometry Service Manager / Current location / Charterhouse Square
Plus travel to local Hospital sites.
To provide technical support for the Flow Cytometry Service in the Barts CR-UK Centre/WHRI. Being mutually supportive and covering duties as necessary during colleagues’ absences and at times of additional pressure.
The post-holder will be expected to be responsible for contributing to the operation and maintenance of flow cytometry equipment and for the analysis and sorting of samples by flow cytometry/FACS.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Requirements / Essential/Desirable
- BSc or equivalent in a relevant subject
- Experience in the operation of flow cytometers
- Experience in other biochemical techniques
- Experience with statistical analysis
- Experience of working in a biomedical research laboratory
- Experience with computer software relevant to laboratory research, data presentation and statistical evaluation of results
Knowledge, skills & abilities /
- Knowledge of flow cytometry
- Knowledge of proteomics or metabolomic techniques
- Laboratory bench skills
- Knowledge of laboratory procedures, materials, equipment
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions
- Ability to maintain good laboratory records
- Ability to work accurately
- Evidence of good team-working
- Enthusiasm for understanding the research process
- Ability to organise own work
- Ability to prioritise workload
- Clear communicator
Attitude & disposition /
- Flexible and co-operative
- Willingness to learn new skills
- Good time-keeping
Other circumstances /
- General health appropriate to the duties of the post
- Willingness to work and travel between campuses as far as duties may require
Freedom to Act & Decision Making (depth of control, supervision received, use of judgement & initiative, analytical ability)
Main Duties and Responsibilities of the Role
- Provide technical support for the Flow Cytometry Service.
- With the Flow Cytometry Service Manager and under the direction of the Flow Cytometry Academic Leads ensure maintenance of flow cytometers and the cell sorter, ensuring instruments are regularly serviced, correctly calibrated and performing at their maximum and optimal capacity.
- Analyse samples for laboratories at the Barts CR-UK Centre/WHRI.
- Assist other users of the Flow cytometry Core Facility in sorting samples and in the analysis of the data.
- Be responsible, under the general guidance of the Flow Cytometry Service Manager, for undertaking the programme of work.
- Maintain appropriate databases, keeping accurate written and computerised records and to ensure that these records are stored in a secure place, and to maintain confidentiality of all electronically stored personal data in line with the provisions of the Data Protection Act
- Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected by the Flow Cytometry Service Manager, Flow Cytometry Academic Leads, and the Core Service Director and Manager.
- The postholder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the College's Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies.
- The duties of the post outlined above are not exhaustive, and the postholder will be expected to be co-operative and flexible, undertaking such administrative and other duties as may from time to time be reasonably expected of a member of research grade staff in a university.
- These duties will be subject to review in line with the changing requirements of the Centre, Institute, School or College, and with the development needs of the postholder as identified through regular review/appraisal processes.
- Contribute towards the goals of the Flow Cytometry Service by providing expertise in the maintenance of instruments, analysis of samples by flow cytometry and by performing experiments.
- Utilise specialised technical knowledge and experience in own area to interpret and meet the requirements of the line manager
- Contribute to the development of new or improved methods/techniques/equipment, as specified by others
- Ensure maintenance of current stock requirements of equipment and consumables for own work area
- Monitor and maintain a safe working environment in accordance with Health and Safety procedures
- Carry out prescribed analysis, test and critical evaluations using specified and agreed techniques, approaches and/or models
Freedom to Act & Decision Making
- Work defined and allocated by immediate line manager
- Together with the line manager, the postholder prioritises the workload in order to meet laboratory requirements, within pre-set guidelines
- To adopt flexible working practices where required
- Follow and help maintain systems in place to enable effective and efficient laboratory management
- Work within established College policies and procedures, e.g. health and safety
- Liaising closely with the Flow Cytometry Service Manager, thus ensuring the smooth running of the laboratory.
- Establish and maintain communication links with multidisciplinary research teams, within the Institute and other organisations as required.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with other Centres.
- No budgetary responsibility
- Train and provide technical supervision for students, junior technicians and others in the use of equipment and techniques in own area of expertise
- No direct line management responsibility.
This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.