Chief Research Laboratory Technician
Applications are invited for a Chief Research Lab Technician position in the
University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, working in the laboratory
of Prof. Jussi Taipale. The group includes both experimental biologists and
computer scientists, and is currently composed of five postdoctoral fellows
and a PhD student.
The laboratory focuses on the study of transcriptional control of cell growth,
using functional genomics and systems biology, and mouse genetic models.
Current lines of work include high-throughput determination of binding sites
and binding specificities of human transcription factors, and using this
information to identify regulatory elements that control cell growth during
normal development or in cancer (see for example Hallikas et al., Cell
124:47-59, 2006; Sur et al., Science 338:1360-1363, 2012; Jolma et al., Cell
152:327-339, 2013; Jolma et al., Nature 527:384-388, 2015; Yin et al., Science
356:eaaj2239, 2017; Zhu et al., Nature 562:76-81, 2018; Yan et al., Nature, in
The post will have both research and administrative tasks. This will include
procuring laboratory equipment and consumables, maintaining and managing
equipment and Health and Safety responsibilities, filing documents and other
routine administrative tasks such as accepting shipments, ordering consumables
and handling invoices. The ideal candidate should be competent using computers
and especially know Excel at a good level.
The successful candidate will also participate in routine research work such
as handling and maintenance of genetically modified mice, tissue processing,
protein purification, cell culture, and molecular biology (e.g. PCR, and
Western blotting, molecular cloning, plasmid extraction), and keeping up with
relevant technical developments. Experience with these techniques would be
highly desirable, although training will be provided. In addition,
responsibilities include taking care of the common laboratory space,
equipment, reagents and glassware.
We are seeking highly motivated applicants with very good organizational and
communication skills, who are punctual and able to work independently as well
as a part of a team and learn new techniques. The post holder would be
supervised day to day by a senior research associate of the laboratory, and
would also support projects led by postdoctoral research associates and PhD
students, where needed. Applicants should hold a minimum of B.Sc. level degree
in molecular biology, biomedical sciences, or other relevant field. Work
experience in a similar position is desirable.
The post will be available from November 2021.
Applicants should submit an application citing relevant experience, explain
why they are suitable for the position and contact information for at least
Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will
be required to undergo a health assessment.
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encourages applications from all sections of society.
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Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge
11 October 2021
15 November 2021