Research Technician

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Neurotrauma Research Group  

Full time and fixed term for 34 months.

Applications are invited for a full time Research Technician to work in the Neurotrauma Research Group within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Barnes. 

The position is available for 34 months in the first instance and is part of development of the recently established NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) within the Regenerative Medicine theme. The post-holder will be involved in developing and testing biomaterials for a novel anti-scarring eye dressing and will work alongside clinical and non-clinical research staff employed on related projects. The work will involve local collaborations with staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and will be a central role in supporting and facilitating these collaborative research activities.

The post-holder will undertake the following individual laboratory work as well as support the research of the group and maintain records of such work:

  • Modify, develop and test novel biomaterials (in particular hydrogels)
  • Coordinate and execute chemical, biochemical, molecular and cellular analysis of biomaterials and bioactive compounds. Techniques used will include:
    • Cell culture
    • Molecular biology
    • Western blotting
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Microscopy and image analysis
  • Maintenance of comprehensive and accurate records of data in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Collation and analysis of data arising from the project
  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification in pharmacology or a relevant life science and experience in using in vitro biomedical methods is required. In-depth practical knowledge of technical and scientific methods stated above and Good Laboratory Practice gained through extensive experience and/or formal qualification is also required but training will be provided where necessary.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Nicholas Barnes –

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