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Laboratory Research Scientist - Paleoanthropology and Proteomics

The Francis Crick Institute

Location: London
Salary: From £31,675 per annum with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd February 2024
Closes: 18th February 2024
Job Ref: R1519
 

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

A position as a Laboratory Research Scientist (LRS) has been created at the Ancient Genomics Lab (www.skoglundlab.org) of the Francis Crick Institute, led by Dr. Pontus Skoglund. The successful candidate will contribute to the lab's projects on ancient protein retrieval from the paleoanthropological and megafaunal fossil record. Excellent project management, organizational skills, and interest in skeletal sampling are required. Applicants of multiple seniority levels are welcome to apply, and experience will be reflected in salary grade.

https://www.crick.ac.uk/research/labs/pontus-skoglund

Key Responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Searching the literature and collections for relevant samples
  • Collaboration management: contacting collaborators, updating, and returning results
  • Sample access administration
  • Sampling visits with international partners and institutions
  • Ethical handling of human remains (BABAO guidelines)
  • Skeletal sample cataloging, storage, and return of samples
  • Near Infrared Spectroscopy screening for protein preservation
  • Subsampling for protein extraction
  • Protein/collagen extraction

Key experience and competencies

Essential

  • BSc or MSc in Archaeology, Ancient DNA, or a related field
  • Understanding of key questions in Paleolithic archaeology, paleoanthropology and human origins
  • Experience with skeletal handling
  • Strong project management and administrative skills
  • Strong collaborative and communicative ability

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • Closing date 18.02.2024
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.
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