Research Technician

University of Sheffield - Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Fixed term for 36 months

We are seeking a Research Technician to join the laboratory of Dr Turner investigating critical interactions between the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes and its preferred primary site of infection; the human tonsil.

For the first time, we will be using cutting-edge techniques to develop a 3D tissue engineered model of human tonsil to study the infection mechanisms of S. pyogenes, an important human pathogen currently causing a UK scarlet fever epidemic. The work will involve primary human cell culture and 3D tissue engineering as well as molecular microbiology. As part of the project, you will be liaising with NHS staff for collection of human tonsil and you will be processing human tissue samples for cell culture according to ethical and safety protocols.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multidisciplinary research project in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield and be a member of the Florey Institute ( This project is also a collaboration with Materials Science & Engineering and the Clinical School of Dentistry.

You will have a good honours degree or equivalent experience in biological sciences and previous experience in a research laboratory. Previous experience of cell culture techniques and molecular biology are essential while microbiology techniques are desirable. You will have good time management and organisational skills to plan for the collection and culture of human tissue samples. Independence, motivation and willingness to work as part of a team of researchers are required.

We are one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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