Drosophila Injection Specialist

University of Cambridge - Department of Genetics

Applications are invited for a Drosophila Microinjection Specialist post in the Fly Facility at the University of Cambridge Department of Genetics (http://www.flyfacility.gen.cam.ac.uk/). The Fly Facility provides a range of services both to University of Cambridge fly groups, and to the wider Drosophila research community. The Microinjection Specialist will oversee the facility's microinjection service, which currently performs around 800 injection series annually for fly groups in the UK and mainland Europe. The post represents an opportunity to provide vital support to Drosophila research groups at a time when genomic engineering is undergoing exciting new developments.

The post-holder will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Fly Facility's microinjection service, ensuring that all service requests are dealt with promptly and effectively, and that comprehensive records are kept. They will liaise with service users to optimize experimental design and to troubleshoot problems. The post-holder will undertake microinjection and screening/balancing work in conjunction with a Microinjection Technician and a Senior Fly Technician. They will be responsible for assigning microinjection work to facility staff and ensuring that staff have appropriate information and training.

Working with the Fly Facility manager, the post-holder will help to develop the microinjection service. They will be expected to keep abreast of progress in insect transgenics and to develop and adopt new protocols as required. In addition, as part of the Fly Facility team, they will perform a variety of occasional tasks to ensure the smooth running of the facility during periods of increased demand or staff absence.

The successful applicant will hold a degree in biological sciences and be familiar with working in a research environment, ideally with experience of delivering a laboratory service for multiple research groups. Applicants with significant experience of microinjection techniques, and a background in Drosophila genetics and transgenics, will be preferred.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11668. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Simon Collier - psc38@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PC10311 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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