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Research Technician

Requisition ID:  21324

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  28-Jul-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: £23,144 to £24,285 with progression to £26,396 per annum


Closing Date: 21 August 2022


The Role

We have a vacancy for a research technician in Newcastle University Centre for Cancer. You will have the opportunity to work within a dynamic multi-discipline cancer research environment, as part of a Cancer Research UK/Children with Cancer funded program. The remit of the project is to investigate the origins and consequences of whole chromosome gain in leukaemia and medulloblastoma, working with Dr Paul Sinclair and Professor Christine Harrison to develop human artificial chromosome based on multi-gene expression models.   


You will work as part of a professional community to provide a technical support with a wide range of experimental techniques to staff and students. Enthusiasm, meticulous record keeping, attention to detail and determination to resolve problems are essential. You must possess a BSc or equivalent within the field of biological sciences. Experience with mammalian tissue culture and molecular cloning in bacteria or yeast would be an advantage, though training will be provided. 

This is a fixed-term post, available from mid-September until 31st December 2024.


For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Paul Sinclair (

Key Accountabilities

  • By developing local procedures, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment
  • Assist with the completion and updating of a wide range of relevant safety paperwork
  • Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations
  • Maintain broad and up to date health and safety knowledge providing support/advice to others.
  • Schedule, prioritize and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines
  • Hold delegated responsibility from the academic/technical lead for the planning, operation and supervision of a variety of laboratory spaces.
  • Work collaboratively with the other areas to ensure efficiency and elimination of duplicated effort
  • Source and negotiate with suppliers for a range of items including specialist parts/equipment 
  • Provide a broad range of skilled research/teaching support 
  • Prepare and manufacture a range of specimens/samples with limited direction
  • Manage equipment bookings and assist with recharging
  • Assist managers with the identification of training and development needs
  • Develop a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others 
  • Mentor junior staff
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical laboratory role.
  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop/laboratory environment.
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrates technical and problem-solving capability
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changes in teaching/research priorities


  • Contribute to design and specification of teaching/research activities

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Good interpersonal skills to interface with staff
  • Attention to detail to ensure accuracy and precision
  • Work in a collaborative and flexible way
  • Exhibit University and Faculty values and principles



  • BSc/BTEC HNC/HND or equivalent


  • MSc/MRes


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: 21324