Tissue Handling Technician - Pancreatic and Placenta Tissue Sample Handling Pathways

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences

John Radcliffe Hospital and the Old Road Campus in Headington, Oxford

We are looking for a Tissue Handling Technician to work in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital. You will be working on the pancreatic and placenta and umbilical cord tissue sample handling pathway within the NDS Tissue Handling Platform and will provide a complete range of end-to-end services across several projects (prioritising pancreatic and placentae samples).

For pancreatic tissue, you will be responsible for recruiting and screening new participants to establish their eligibility and safety to enter various studies and for facilitating the informed consent process. You will also be responsible for providing ongoing information, education and support to participants. You will be expected to provide services for sample acquisition, processing and allocation of pathological material. In addition, you will be responsible for carrying out a variety of histological and molecular biology techniques, including tissue processing, embedding and sectioning, IHC, digitisation of slides using a slide scanner and DNA and RNA extraction.

For placenta and umbilical cord tissue, you will play a crucial role after collecting tissue (consenting is done by the nursing staff in this particular pathway), in ensuring the precious samples are collected and delivered quickly and on ice, to the research lab at the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB). You will then be involved in the upstream tissue process, that is, the disaggregation of tissue and the setting up procedure. Full training will be given. You will need to liaise with a wide range of contacts and will be required to attend multi-disciplinary meetings, appropriate clinics, and the Tissue Engineering Group Lab meeting weekly.

The successful candidate will hold a 2(1) degree or equivalent qualification in a biological or medical science. You will also have proven work experience in a laboratory performing histological techniques, together with practical ability in basic molecular laboratory skills. Evidence of computer literacy, including Microsoft Office, accurate data entry, and the ability to maintain and interrogate electronic databases is essential for this post, as well as the ability to collate and analyse data, make alterations and decisions where needed. You will have excellent communication and organisation skills, with a willingness to be flexible with your working hours as and when required. This post will require you to travel across different locations in the Oxford University Hospitals (and occasionally to London).

This full-time post is available immediately and is fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance. 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and as part of the application process you are required to upload your CV and a covering letter. Please quote reference NDSA672 on all correspondence. 

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 25 October 2017 can be considered. Interviews will be held 7 November 2017.


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