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COVID19 - Wastewater Testing Senior Technician

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Biosciences

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £22,417 to £26,715 per annum (Grade 4)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th July 2020
Closes: 14th August 2020
Job Ref: 9994BR

We are seeking a Senior Technician to work on the project entitled ‘Wastewater-Based Community-Level Surveillance of COVID-19 in Wales’ , funded by the Welsh Government.  The research focuses on a range of experiments and field surveys to monitor SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.

The successful applicant will work within Prof Andy Weightman’s research lab and wider Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics (MMI) Group at Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.

This project is part of an exciting ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration between colleagues in the Schools of Biosciences, Engineering and Maths, coinvestigators at Bangor University and project partners at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) and Public Health Wales (PHW).

The project aims to develop a multi-tiered wastewater-based approach to monitor the levels of SARS-CoV-2 and other key diseased circulating within Wales.  We will focus on urban centres where the risk of transmission is greatest.  This surveillance programme directly complements on-going national testing programmes, community level self-reporting and collection of clinical case data.  The results of this project will be shared with our main stakeholders and more widely, and will potentially provide an early warning system protecting human health against spread of viral infection.

The appointee will work closely with other research staff engaged on the project and report directly to Prof Andy Weightman on behalf of the Project Management Team.  They will liaise with our collaborators in the partner organisations to undertake collaborative experiments.  Duties will primarily involve sample collection and preparation, undertaking some laboratory experimental work, recording and performing data analysis, reporting results and participation in research group meetings.

Candidates should be educated to A-level standard or equivalent in biology or a related subject, and/or have experience of working in a similar environment.  A higher level qualification, such as a BSc Degree or equivalent (or comparable work related experience) would be an advantage.  Other desirable criteria include an understanding of basic molecular microbiology and experience of water-related research.  An important part of the post will be to integrate within the existing MMI Group and work the wider project team.

For informal enquiries, please contact: Andy Weightman (

This is a full time position (35 hours per week), fixed term until 31 January 2021.  The successful candidate will need to be in post as soon as possible, no later than 1st September 2020.

Salary: £22,417 - £26,715 per annum (Grade 4). 

Closing date: Friday, 14 August 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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