A laboratory technician position has been created for the validation of two poor prognosis biomarkers: the PUR (Prostate Urine Risk) test and the DESNT tissue biopsy test for poor prognosis prostate cancer.
We have recently determined that cell-free RNA extracted from urine contains many prostate cancer gene transcripts which can be used to predict the state of cancer within a prostate without the need for a biopsy. This laboratory technician position is critical to the development of the PUR test towards a clinically implementable test for the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer. You will be running all aspects of the collection, processing and analysis of patient’s samples for PUR assessment. In addition, the DESNT analysis of biopsy tissue samples provides information on patient’s prognosis. Setting up the analysis of PUR and DESNT in the newly created Diagnostics laboratory is central to this post.
The post requires someone that can organise their time and is able to work both independently and as part of a team. You must be willing to learn new skills and develop your laboratory expertise to a high standard. Familiarity and skills in Excel and Word are essential as is attention to detail. Science A-Levels are essential and a science degree or equivalent laboratory experience are desirable.
The successful candidate will link into other studies within Cancer Genetics and with collaborating teams and hospitals both inside and outside the UK.
The post will provide good experience in molecular biology and will continue the work built on our recently published research on the PUR and DESNT tests for aggressive prostate cancer (Connell et al., 2019 BJUInt, Luca et al., 2017, Eur Urol Focus).
This post is available immediately on a full-time basis for a fixed term period of 2 years.
Closing date: 4 November 2021
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