Research Technician

University of Dundee - Centre for Advanced Scientific Technologies

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties
Applications are invited for this short-term position to provide maternity cover as a Research Technician in the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Facility within the School of Life Sciences. The role will assist in delivering high quality flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting services to research groups within the School, other UoD departments and external bodies.

This position is ideally suited to someone with considerable experience using flow cytometry for research, who would like to explore the pursuit of a career as a technical specialist. It offers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a wide variety of flow cytometric techniques, cell sorting, and core facility operation in a busy, dynamic research environment.

Principle duties include:
Assist in the smooth running of the facility, including instrument maintenance and calibration, trouble-shooting and fixing minor technical problems with the instrumentation and associated software.

  • Operate the different types of flow cytometers within the facility, including all associated acquisition and data analysis software.
  • Perform cell sorting duties on SH800 (Sony) and Influx (Becton Dickinson) cell sorters.
  • Assist and train other staff members, including PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, in the use of the flow cytometers when required.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications:


  • Good BSc. Hons degree in biological sciences or closely related subject, plus relevant experience in a research environment.
  • Experience and competence in performing sterile technique in a laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrate experience and competence using flow cytometers and associated data acquisition and analysis software for a variety of multi-colour analyses.
  • Good interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, and experience training others in the use of flow cytometry.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and demonstrate initiative in problem solving.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and adhere to demanding deadlines.


  • Experience using Becton Dickinson flow cytometers, DIVA acquisition software and Flowjo data analysis software for a variety of different flow cytometric assays.
  • A laboratory based post-graduate qualification.
  • Experience of working with category 2 biohazardous material.
  • Previous experience working within a flow cytometry core facility or similar environment.
  • Experience of performing fluorescence activated cell sorting.

When applying for the position, applicants should address how well they fulfil each of the essential and preferred criteria listed above.

Informal enquires:
Informal enquires should be directed to the facility manager (Rosie Clarke), tel: (01382) 385817, or e-mail

The position is available for 12 months from July 2018, but actual start date is negotiable.

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