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Research Technician

Requisition ID:  20350

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Jun-2022


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: £22,254 to £23,487 with progression to £25,627 per annum


Closing Date: 10 July 2022


The Role


A Research Technician is required to support the delivery of in vivo studies for the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre with the Faculty of Medical Sciences.


Working with academic leads and researchers they will create mouse models to understand the biology of various cancer types and test potential new therapies. You will perform in vivo techniques and imaging procedures and be responsible for preparing, storing, and analysing samples. Basic laboratory skills and molecular biology techniques including cell culture, aseptic technique, PCR, and flow cytometry are required. In addition, the maintenance of accurate records, laboratory equipment and stocks. Full training will be given.


A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science subject, good communication and organisation skills are required for this post.


In addition, the ability to work independently and have capacity for original thought are essential for this role. You will be hard working and enthusiastic with excellent oral communication and written skills. You will be keen to learn new techniques and have good IT and computing skills.


This post is tenable for 21 months to 31 March 2024. 


Informal enquiries should be made to Helen Blair, email:


Key Accountabilities

•    Responsible to academic staff for the provision of technical support for the satisfactory operation of research activities and equipment for research groups based in the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre
•    Undertaking of complex molecular and functional procedures as appropriate to research activities, in vivo procedures, in vivo imaging, monitoring and record keeping ensuring project licence compliance, cell culture, PCR-based methodologies, flow-cytometry, immunohistochemistry and fluorescence cell imaging
•    Management of in vivo studies, from biological sample processing through to data analysis, via liaison with researchers and Comparative Biology Centre staff
•    Under the direction of academic staff, provision of assistance and training of other academic, technical and research staff and students on specific experimental techniques and in the use of specialised laboratory equipment
•    Monitoring and maintaining the satisfactory operation of laboratory equipment
•    Consulting with academic staff regarding the setting up of experimental systems and research apparatus, including the development of research procedures and techniques to meet research needs, making desirable modifications outlined in the relevant literature as directed
•    The performance of risk assessments and maintaining safety laboratory records (e.g. COSHH, BIOCOSHH, and other regulations e.g. Human Tissue Act) in consultation with academic staff or, where appropriate, senior technical staff
•    To undertake all laboratory procedures according to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) using Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
•    Maintenance of stock levels of reagents and initiating purchase orders in compliance with group ordering procedures
•    Carry out any additional duties as required by the academic staff within the group and the technical manager
•    Ensuring accurate record keeping including the use of AniBio in vivo management system


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Self-starter with excellent time management skills
•    Technical problem-solving skills
•    Enthusiastic and hard working
•    Manual dexterity. Ability to work with accuracy
•    Excellent oral communication and writing skills
•    Team-working skills
•    Ability to work independently
•    Willingness to learn new techniques as required
•    Capacity for original and analytical thought 
•    Good IT and computing skills
•    Attention to detail
•    Understanding of laboratory health and safety procedures
•    Good record keeping and organisational skills
•    Ability to work to highest scientific and ethical standard

•    Demonstrable laboratory experience
•    Experience in a range of cellular and molecular biology techniques

•    Experience of regulated procedures with mice
•    Experience of handling biological tissue
•    Completion of in vivo licensee training courses PILAB and PILC or equivalent


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Accuracy and adaptability, high degree of technical competence, ability to multi-task to meet all Institute & local needs
•    Willingness to undertake work outside of normal working hours
•    Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued
•    Uses clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two way communication process
•    Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively
•    Generates a range of viable options and decides on appropriate course of action that best fits organisational and area goals

•    A bachelor’s degree preferably biomedical/cancer
•    Masters qualification with a significant research component
•    Holder of Home Office personal licence


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.


Requisition ID: 20350