Research Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£25,217 to £30,046 Pro rata per annum
Thursday, 8 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Allergy, Immunity and Respiratory

Location: Southampton General Hospital
Salary: £25,217 to £30,046 Pro rata per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until the end of December 2021)
Closing Date: Tuesday 13 April 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 1349921FC

The University of Southampton is seeking to employ a Research Technician in the Faculty of Medicine to provide practical and administrative assistance with research led by Dr Matthew Loxham, NIHR Southampton BRC Senior Research Fellow in Respiratory Biology and Air Pollution Toxicology. This post will contribute to basic science research into the effects of metals and air pollution particles on lung cells.

Working as part of a small team, the successful candidate will be based in the Brooke Laboratory at University Hospital Southampton. Duties will include culture of a range of different lung cell types (cell lines and primary cells), analysis of cellular responses by molecular and cellular techniques including RT-qPCR, ELISA and Western blotting, analysis of oxidative stress markers through a variety of techniques, siRNA-mediated gene knockdown, and light and immunofluorescence microscopy.  Although some training can be provided, the successful candidate should be able to work independently. Further duties will include data processing and presentation, report writing, monitoring and purchasing of lab consumables, generating and maintaining laboratory documentation and records, processing of biological and chemical waste; and ensuring adherence to all pertinent health & safety policies. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate proficiency in these areas.

The ideal candidate will have at least NVQ3/HNC/A level/City and Guilds in a relevant area. Previous experience in a molecular/cell biology research laboratory is essential. Previous experience of cell culture and molecular biology techniques including RT-qPCR, ELISA, and Western blotting is essential.

The ideal candidate will be able to adapt to working with a variety of techniques across different laboratories, working efficiently and diligently, with a strong work ethic, initiative, and enthusiasm. They will be team-oriented, with excellent organisational skills, and reliable. The successful applicant must have excellent spoken and written English communication skills.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Matthew Loxham –

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email Please quote reference 1349921FC on all correspondence.