Research Technician Dept of Developmental Neurobiology

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£28,717 - £31,831 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
19 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The purpose of this role is to provide technical and organisational support to the Houart laboratory within the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology investigating the cellular, molecular and morphogenetic mechanisms required to build the vertebrate forebrain, using zebrafish as a model system, and to allow the Houart group to achieve its research objectives in an efficient working lab environment.

The successful candidate will take care of the day-to-day running of a research laboratory. They will manage the stocks of consumables, reagents and chemicals, as well as ensuring that equipment is used safely and well maintained. To achieve this, they will liaise with sales representatives and engineers and will be responsible for all external ordering as well as managing budgets. The candidate will be trained in various experimental techniques and procedures including in situ hybridisation, PCR, RNA and DNA extraction, immunohistochemistry, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, microinjection and microscopy. They will use these techniques to both independently and collaboratively, assist with research projects under the direction of the lab head.

Organisation and communication are integral to this role as they will be required to arrange and manage rotas and meetings in which they will actively participate. 

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 months 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Management of consumables, reagents and chemicals, as well as ensuring that equipment is used safely and well maintained 
  • Assist with research projects under the direction of the lab head 
  • To follow laboratory protocols in various molecular and cellular biological techniques including but not limited to DNA cloning, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA/RNA extraction, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridisation. 
  • Provide flexible logistical, technical and organisational support to other lab members. 
  • Generation and maintenance of zebrafish lines 

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 

  • MSc in Biological Sciences or related discipline  
  • Neuroscience or developmental biology research experience  
  • Experience in data management  
  • Ability to trouble shoot laboratory problems  
  • Ability to work collaboratively  
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently  
  • Good skills in record keeping 

Desirable criteria 

  • Knowledge in zebrafish biology  
  • Experience in immunohistochemistry 
  • Experience in DNA cloning 
  • Experience in confocal imaging 

Further information

This is a short-term role funded by a Parents’ and Carers’ Fund Award. Ideally we would like the candidate to be able to start in January 2022.