Research Assistant

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - Department of Vector Biology

Full Time, Fixed term for 12 months

LSTM is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases, with the primary aim of promoting improved health worldwide, particularly for the communities of the less developed resource-poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. The Department of Vector Biology at LSTM is an international leader in the study of insect disease vectors and at the forefront in developing novel strategies for vector control, particularly for the management of insecticide resistance.

The Department of Vector Biology (DVB) at LSTM is one of the largest of its kind with an international reputation for its research and technical assistance activities targeted at improving the control of insect borne diseases.

A vacancy has arisen for a Research Assistant to assist the development and operation of a P450 based in vitro screening platform for new insecticides for industry clients. This will include the production of mosquito P450s, optimization of enzyme assays, development of standard operating procedures, resource management and client liaison.

The successful candidate will plan and oversee laboratory project work involving the P450 screening of insecticides, therefore demonstrable expertise in a wide variety of molecular and biochemical laboratory techniques, coupled with a meticulous approach to record keeping is essential.

You will be expected to train and manage technicians and students, so knowledge of developing laboratory protocols and working to strict health and safety regulations/guidelines is essential. You will need to have extensive practical experience in molecular biology and biochemical techniques including cloning, protein expression and characterisation. You will need to be educated to MSc in biological sciences, and preferably have experience of supervising students and visitors in the laboratory.

This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship. Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates. To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas.

We believe that this post will not be suitable for an individual on a Tier 5 visa as this post is not considered to be supernumerary to the organisation. For further information, please visit: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Closing date: Monday 23rd January 2017 at 23.45 GMT

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