Genomics Technician

London (Greater) (GB)
£32,676 per annum including London Weighting Allowance
27 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Maternity Cover
Full Time

The King’s Genomics Centre is seeking to recruit a skilled life scientist with a background in molecular biology and/or genomics. The post holder will be working with a small group of Genomics Scientists based at the Waterloo campus on projects specialising in high throughput gene expression analysis. The post holder should be experienced in handling and extracting RNA, performing quality checks using the Bioanalyzer, and familiar with gene expression analysis techniques such as real-time PCR. Previous experience with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) work will be considered an advantage. The post holder will be expected to handle multiple-projects at a time, thus good organisational and communication skills along with the ability to meet project deadlines are essential. Additionally, the post-holder will also be expected to carry out key lab maintenance duties and provide training of equipment to King’s staff and students as required. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, eager to learn new genomics techniques and open to developing new skills.

The role is full time, fixed term role for 10 months

Key responsibilities


  • Preparation of samples for a range of molecular analyses, including qPCR and high throughput RNA/DNA sequencing (NGS).
  • Quality control analysis of RNA and DNA samples using the Nanodrop and the Bioanalyzer.
  • Testing of new techniques or protocols
  • Maintenance of laboratory records, including usage logs, service charges, Health and Safety records (including COSHH and risk assessments) and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Providing advice and technical support to Genomics Centre customers
  • Daily maintenance of equipment within the Centre
  • Delivery of user training on techniques and protocols used in the Centre and/or specialist equipment.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience


Essential criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in molecular biology/genetics, e.g. MSc/PhD
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology or analytical science
  • Experience of working in a genetics or molecular biology research laboratory
  • Experience of molecular biology techniques, including PCR and RNA analysis
  • Basic computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, internet)
  • Able to set up and use expensive and complex scientific equipment
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Has a methodical and organised approach to their work
  • Ability to readily assimilate and apply know knowledge and information 
  • Ability to take responsibility for specific areas of work
  • Ability to work efficiently and reliably in a busy laboratory environment

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of NGS sample processing
  • Use of an Agilent Bioanalyser
  • Experience of training/supervising other staff/students

Further information

The selection process will include a panel interview via Microsoft Teams. Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date

This post is subject to a Occupational Health clearance.

This advertisement does not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will not be able to offer sponsorship for this role.