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Job id: 067452. Salary: £35,502 - £40,333 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 17 May 2023. Closing date: 18 June 2023.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Social, Genetic & Dev Psychiatry MRC.

Contact details: Gerome Breen.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

This position provides an exciting opportunity to work in a cross-disciplinary research group that is applying cutting-edge genomic technologies, with advanced semi-automated biobanking to the study of psychiatric and other complex disorders. The post holder will carry out a range of technically complex tasks including dealing with large number of samples, processing them to support biobanking activities. This innovative project requires an enthusiastic, organized and highly motivated individual.  As a member of the research group, you will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of scientists to ensure high quality data production and will be expected to contribute to reports, study design, basic data analysis and follow-up investigations.

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract until 30-Apr-2024

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

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake duties as directed by the Head of Research Group
  • Conduct genomic and sample preparation protocols.
  • Process blood and plasma samples for biobanking.
  • Provide technical and organisational support to other group members
  • Keep detailed and organised laboratory records
  • Prepare both written and oral summaries of experimental outputs for presentation
  • Adhere to COSHH and Risk Assessment requirements and safe working practices. Participate in health and safety inspections
  • Participate in all project meetings, including weekly lab meetings and monthly group meetings
  • Contribute to general lab management
  • Contribute to the production of research reports and publications
  • Conduct literature and database searches
  • Contribute to the integration and collaboration of research project with other branches of our translation medicine centre and with external collaborators 

Essential criteria

  1. Knowledge of blood, saliva and DNA/RNA processing techniques
  2. Knowledge of high throughput DNA sequencing and genotyping technologies
  3. Computer literate able to use MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  4. Knowledge of molecular biology and molecular genetics
  5. Previous experience of work in a research laboratory
  6. Experience with wet-lab molecular genetic methods

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience with blood and other biological sample handling
  2. Ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently