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Research Technician - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy - Band 400

University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental School

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Band 400 - Starting salary is normally in the range £19,581 to £20,939. With potential progression once in post to £25,509 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th July 2019
Closes: 28th July 2019
Job Ref: 81503

Duration of Post: Full Time - Fixed Term Contract for up to 12 months

Main Duties/ Responsibilities

To contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking research into the role of iNKT cells in acute myeloid leukaemia


  • To research in the cross-talk between iNKT cells and AML blasts using in vitro techniques such as tissue culture, blood separation, MACS sorting, ELISA, western blood, qPCR, flow cytometry, and cell proliferation assays
  • To analyse and interpret data
  • Disseminate research findings for publication
  • Present research at lab meetings


  • Encouraging staff and students, working within the area of responsibility, to comply with all basic University / College Health & Safety policies. This may include compliance in the following areas; COSHH, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), human tissue, biological assessments, radioactive materials and schedule 5 toxins etc. Confirming all required assessments are in place, approved and up to date.
  • Maintaining records both paper and computer based as appropriate.
  • Carrying out regular maintenance processes such as flushing eye wash stations as appropriate and ensuring records are maintained.


The post holder will assist with the daily administration and organisation of the work area. These duties include:

  • Maintaining stocks of consumables, if necessary, creating purchase order requisitions for the College finance office or via web based ordering system
  • Receipt and correct storage of consumables and chemical reagents.
  • Ensuring that the facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe condition, reporting any problems through the appropriate channels.
  • Ensuring the best use of equipment through booking systems, if appropriate
  • Reporting any problems with equipment or services to the line manager as appropriate.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and skill base of the post holder as directed by either the Principle investigator for research based activities or the Technical Managers for non-research based activities


  • In collaboration with the Laboratory Manager or supervisor the post holder will take an active role in the training and mentoring process for junior or newly appointed staff/students
  • To actively engage in the Personal Development Process
  • To contribute at a level appropriate with the grade, to internal and external audit procedures, and to regulatory inspections.
  • Assist Technical Managers and/or Laboratory Managers in identifying and tracking items held on the University asset register.

Person Specification:

NVQ, BTEC/ONC or equivalent; or specific relevant experience in an appropriate subject.

  • GCSE (A*- C) or equivalent in mathematics  
  • Proven practical experience of relevant techniques required for the post
  • Positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others
  • Ability to organise and manage own work load after consultation with supervisor and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements
  • Ability to work as part of a team but to perform under minimum supervision
  • Awareness of current relevant H&S policies
  • Proficiency in commonly used software packages 

For informal enquiries please contact:

Informal Queries to Dr Frank Mussai

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