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Research Technician

University of Sheffield - Department of Neuroscience

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £22,847 to £26,341 per annum. Potential to progress to £28,756 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 22nd September 2021
Job Ref: UOS030002

Fixed term for two years.

Full time.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Technician within an international consortium funded by the Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND). The candidate will work with internationally recognised research groups based at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN).

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team to provide research technical support for an exciting new project at the translational medicine interface in motor neuron disease (MND) research also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). You will join the JPND consortium as part of the teams led by Prof Azzouz and Dr Ferraiuolo at SITraN. You will be expected to: execute and evaluate experiments; keep excellent experimental records; prepare reports regularly and feed back to the consortium partners in regular conference calls. You are also expected to contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts, attend and present your data at the scientific meetings.

The aim of your project is to test therapeutic strategies in spinal cord organoids using microfluidics. You will provide dedicated research technical support to a team of postdoctoral scientists working on the project and will need to be able to demonstrate a good level of competency in the use of molecular and cellular techniques to generate viral vectors for gene therapy treatments. This translational research project involves in vitro and in vivo evaluation of drug and gene therapeutics strategies for neurodegenerative diseases. Previous in vivo experience work would be an advantage

The candidate should be strongly motivated, self-driven, able to accept direction and be an excellent team player. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are expected.

This post is fixed-term for 24 months and is available immediately. Salary will be set at the appropriate point on the research technician scale.

We’re 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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