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CCLG Tissue Bank Research Technician

Requisition ID:  14482

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-May-2022

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £20,092, with progression to £21,686 per annum


Closing Date: 23 May 2022


The Role


You will provide technical support to the Central Biobank and provide support to research groups across the Faculty of Medical Sciences.  Carrying out support to receive samples into, and take samples out of the storage facilities of the Central Biobank and maintaining the tracking system.  Undertaking routine processing of the samples in the Biobank and support research projects as a service, with quantitative and qualitative analysis.  You will also provide a support role for safety, equipment and laboratory operational purposes.


This is a full time, fixed term post available until 30 September 2022


Informal enquiries can be made to Amy Peasland (Biomedicine Central Biobank Manager) via email (


Key Accountabilities

  • Receiving samples from researchers across the Faculty of Medical Sciences, processing or retrieving from storage as required and maintaining the sample tracking system
  • Provide assistance on specific experimental techniques and the use and application of equipment particularly in relation to processing of tissue samples
  • Processing includes tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry and microtome and cryostat operation.  Blood processing includes RNA and DNA extraction and quantification
  • Responsible for barcoding of samples and maintaining accurate sample tracking records for the Central Biobank, as part of the startup of the operation and maintaining the system ongoing
  • Monitor the satisfactory operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, reporting any defects in relevant laboratory areas.  Including (but not limited to) the tissue embedding centre, microtome, cryostat and microscope systems
  • Maintain laboratory stocks and re-ordering of consumables
  • Organise couriers to transport biological samples and liaise with other sites to coordinate this activity
  • Ensuring correct storage and handling of all tissue samples in accordance with HTA guidelines
  • Responsible for the safe disposal and storage of hazardous waste in accordance with local rules and legal requirements.
  • Adherence to relevant safety rules, including assessment of risks using relevant COSHH, BIOCOSHH, genetic manipulation, pathological specimen and potent carcinogen rules
  • Communicate safety rules to students and report non-compliance
  • Responsible for the care and cleanliness of certain specified common user laboratory areas, facilities and/or equipment
  • Participate in the Central Biobanks annual safety testing, inspection and performance programme
  • Participate in the annual testing and inspection of biological safety cabinets, fume cupboards and freezers operated within designated school areas as required
  • Participate in out of hours cover
  • Provide cover for technical and administrative duties in the absence of the designated post holder
  • Attend Central Biobanks meetings as required
  • Any additional duties as required by the line manager


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working under laboratory conditions
  • Ability to plan and execute high quality experimental laboratory research work
  • Routine technical problem solving skills
  • Ability to use working knowledge of equipment and consumable needs to make best choice decisions
  • Ability to use knowledge and experience when dealing with Health and Safety
  • Negotiating skills (for procuring best deals on equipment and consumables)
  • Able to organise and prioritise own workload as well as multi-task
  • Good IT skills
  • Works collaboratively with others and grows relationships across the organisations


  • Experience in a wide range of pathology based techniques (Frozen/FFPE tissue sectioning, microtome/cryostat operation)
  • Experience of handling clinical tissue and knowledge of the Human Tissue Act (HTA) compliance
  • Experience of working with databases


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Self starter with excellent time management skills
  • Good communication and training skills
  • Shows tact and good judgement when required
  • Adaptability
  • Able to provide out of hours cover on a rota basis
  • Values others opinions



  • ONC/OND or A level in a relevant subject or substantial on the job experience


  • A degree in a relevant field

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.


Requisition ID: 14482