Biobank Technician

UCL Institute of Neurology - Department of Neurodegenerative Disease and Division of Neuropathology

Queen Square

Applications are invited for the above post to be responsible for the day-to-day technical running of the brain tumour research biobank in the Division of Neuropathology, jointly with an existing post holder. This is a collaborative multicentre grant and one of the key purposes of this post is to communicate with other researchers who are part of this initiative and make samples available to them as and when requested.

The project is funded by Cancer Research UK and aims at the derivation of brain tumour stem cells, and their genetic characterisation.  Cells will be genetically modified to understand the biological processes occurring during the pathogenesis and progression of brain tumours. The post holder will be involved in the entire human tissue pathway as required in this project: from the consenting of patients, to the collection, preparation and banking of brain tumour tissue, to the derivation and manipulation of cells.

Applicants must have tissue culture skills, and experience of molecular biology techniques and of working with clinical samples. Excellent IT, communication, interpersonal, organisational and record-keeping skills, and an understanding of patient confidentiality and the Data Protection Act, are also required. An Honours degree (minimum 2:1) in biology or a related discipline is desirable.

The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from Cancer Research UK to 31 August 2021 in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 6 in the range £27,545 - £32,281 pa including London Allowance, superannuable.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1613745.

For further information regarding the application process please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Institute of Neurology (email:

Informal enquiries are welcome to Professor S Brandner (email:

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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