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Research Technician

The University of Edinburgh - Institute of Cell Biology

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £23,487 to £27,116
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 11th October 2021
Job Ref: 2054

Part-Time, [14-21 Hours per week]

Fixed-Term Contract, until 30/09/2023

We are looking for a Research Technician to assist various research projects in Molecular and Cell Biology under the supervision of Professor Hiro Ohkura.

The Opportunity:

Applications are invited for a Research Technician position in the laboratory of Prof Hiro Ohkura at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology in the University of Edinburgh, UK.  The laboratory investigates the fundamental mechanisms of meiotic chromosome segregation using Drosophila oocytes as a model system (  We are looking for a diligent technician to assist various research projects in the lab.  This is an excellent opportunity to support research combining in vivo and in vitro approaches including live-imaging microscopy, genetics, mass-spectrometry and biochemistry.  You will also be expected to participate in various laboratory activities that are critical to the running of the lab, and to communicate and cooperate within and outside of the laboratory.  This is a part time position (40-60%; 14-21 hours a week) available from 1 December 2021 for 22 months in the first instance with a possibility of further extension.  Exact working hours and pattern will be determined by a mutual agreement. 

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Either Vocational qualifications (N/SVQ 3, ONC or equivalent), plus typically at least 2 years’ work experience in a relevant role, or School education to standard grade or equivalent plus typically 3 years work experience in the unit or comparable setting
  • Extensive working experience of maintaining Drosophila stocks and preparing fly food. 
  • Working experience with immunostaining techniques and understanding of basic genetic concepts
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the research
  • Ability to maintain clear and accurate records
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