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Flow Cytometry Technician

Requisition ID:  24881

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  19-Jan-2023


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Salary: £27,131 - £28,762 with progression to £31,411  per annum


Closing Date: 12 February 2023


The Role 


Reporting to the FCCF director (SESO), you will be central to developing and testing antimicrobial actives on bacterial strains using flow cytometry, in collaboration with an industrial partner. 


The role will involve establishing and maintaining bacterial cell cultures, optimisation of different bacterial fluorescent dyes and establishing flow cytometry assays to assess the method of action of novel antimicrobial actives. The data generated will be reported back to industry partners. 


This post is fixed term for 9 months.


For informal enquiries, please contact Andrew Filby (


Key Accountabilities
•    Carry out wet lab experiments to culture multiple bacterial strains
•    Design and deliver flow cytometry assays for the analysis of different bacterial strains and relevant antimicrobial actives
•    Analyse flow cytometry data using specific software to produce key data for reporting
•    Troubleshooting and assay development for multi-dye flow cytometry assays
•    Ensure equipment and software is functioning correctly and optimally
•    Provide troubleshooting to the equipment and software as and when required
•    Identify equipment failures, and report these to the ESO / Facility head/deputy
•    Participate in facility quality control procedures
•    Ensure the laboratory environment is fit for purpose. Liaise with the Facility Head /deputy/ESO as well as service providers to maintain a clean, safe, and tidy environment
•    Monitoring of lab resources
•    Administer booking and time management of all facility resources together with the ESO and Facility Head/deputy
•    Attend any relevant User Group meetings
•    Record keeping, including flow cytometry data generation and detailed experimental records
•    Ordering and maintenance of project specific stocks and supplies
•    Prepare and deliver presentations/talks on the results for the industrial partner and other relevant audiences as required
•    Liaise with colleagues and students
•    To conduct Health and Safety inspections/audits of the laboratory and to be proactive in ensuring Health and Safety compliance by all users of the Facility
•    Ensure self-awareness of the current state-of-the-art technologies and methods, which may benefit the project (horizon-scanning)
•    Other duties as assigned by the Core Facility Head/deputy in line with the grade
•    You may be required to attend courses or national meetings appropriate to the specialist service to enable continuous professional development and remain up to date with latest equipment and technologies
•    There will be a requirement on occasion for you to work outside of normal working hours (9-5pm) to facilitate the facility’s service


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Knowledge and experience in analytical flow cytometry with particular emphasis on bacterial analysis in flow cytometry
•    Knowledge and experience in bacterial cell culture and maintenance
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
•    Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical / workshop role
•    Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures
•    Excellent team working skills
•    Demonstrates technical, analytical and problem solving capacity
•    Excellent time-management skills and the ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative
•    Experience in providing a core support service in an academic or industry environment
•    Proven ability to train and advise others on usage of scientific laboratory equipment and scientific procedures

•    Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines, with a positive and proactive approach to duties and diligence and attention to detail 
•    Contribute to design and specification of research/teaching activities 
•    Ability to adapt to changes in laboratory research priorities 
•    Specific lab or workshop and specific to role 
•    Knowledge and expertise in bacterial biology, cell-labelling fluorophores (probes) for single cell analysis 
•    Excellent technical aptitude.


•    Minimum of 2 A levels in relevant subject, or equivalent vocational qualifications (BTEC Higher National Certificate or Higher Diploma, NVQ, Advanced City & Guilds)
•    Knowledge and experience in analytical flow cytometry with particular emphasis on bacterial analysis in flow cytometry
•    Knowledge and experience in bacterial cell culture and maintenance.

•    Degree in relevant subject area. Computer literate with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve IT (Information Technology) or software issues on equipment




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24881