Research Technician

University of York
June 28, 2024
Offerd Salary:£30,487 - £34,980
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Research Technician




£30,487 - £34,980 per year


Grade 5

Contract status

Fixed term

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University of York campus

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To be confirrmed

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  • 13388 Job Description.pdf (PDF, 302.92kb)
  • Role Description Department

    Applications are invited for a full-time technician for 12 months to provide technical and scientific support to the research group of Dr. Purba Mukherjee in the York Structural Biology Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry. You will support the group's efforts in studies of replication initiation using biochemical and biophysical methods.

    The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York and we are renowned internationally for our research. As a department, we strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.


    You will produce and purify DNA polymerases and other proteins from various systems and establish experimental conditions for production of DNA replication assemblies suitable for biochemical and biophysical studies. You will be required to conduct a variety of biochemical assays, including but not limited to, fluorescence based kinetic nucleotide incorporation assays, analyse products using sequencing gels as well as high throughput 96-well plate-based assays.

    Key responsibilities will include: -

  • Work effectively on own initiative and also with other staff and students to help solve problems
  • Plan and perform experiments using a range of scientific techniques
  • Be responsible for the maintenance, modification, repair and operation of technical equipment, liaise with appropriate staff and external service providers as required
  • Pro-actively update and improve processes, maintain accurate records, contribute to the development of protocols, standard operating procedures and maintenance schedules
  • Understand, promote and apply COSHH/Risk Assessment and departmental health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times
  • Manage a small budget, monitor resource usage, assist with purchasing including ordering and distributing goods
  • Provide inductions, training and demonstrations of specialist techniques ensuring compliance with safety and regulatory guidelines
  • Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • HNC, HND, Degree or equivalent experience
  • RSciTech / EngTech or willingness to work towards these or equivalent professional registration
  • Knowledge of relevant safety regulations and procedures for example, COSHH and risk assessment
  • Competent in the use of advanced technical equipment and techniques to perform complex tasks
  • IT skills for a wide range of applications, including Google Apps, Word, Excel and specialist software where appropriate.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data and explain complex information
  • Demonstrated ability in using AKTA protein purification systems and establishing biochemical assays
  • Prior hands-on experience in molecular biology including cloning and genetic modification, and in protein production and purification at scales and purity for structural studies
  • Actively demonstrates a commitment to professional development
  • Dependable, reliable and self-motivated
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively
  • Able to maintain a positive, open attitude toward others to value and support colleagues
  • Able to respond to and integrate change, demonstrating personal resilience
  • Commitment to and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion issues
  • Interview date: To be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Purba Mukherjee on [email protected]

    The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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