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Research Technician

School of Biosciences

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £23,067 to £25,941 per annum
Grade:  Grade 5
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Ends 15/01/2021
Release Date:  Wednesday 18 December 2019
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 31 January 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Reference:  STM-101-19

School of Biosciences is looking to appoint a Research Technician to carry out experimental work, data analysis and publication of the findings emerging from this project. You will report directly to Dr Peter Ellis at the University of Kent, and will be responsible for (i) the day-to-day running of the project and (ii) liaison with collaborating groups both within and outside Kent.  You will also provide technical and practical support to postgraduate and undergraduate students working on related projects within the Ellis lab. 


This is a collaborative project with industry support aimed at developing novel methods of measuring oxidative damage in sperm cells via flow cytometry and/or direct DNA sequencing, and comparing these to an established technique (SCSA) that measures DNA fragmentation.  These in turn will be used to provide diagnostic services to monitor male fertility in both humans and livestock, for the IVF and artificial insemination industries. The project is based at the University of Kent Canterbury campus, in collaboration with LogiXx Pharma and Andrology Solutions, our industry and clinical partners.


As Research Technician, you will:

  • maintain excellent lab notebooks to document all aspects of the work performed.
  • report on progress at lab meetings on a regular basis.
  • contribute to the day-to-day running of the lab.
  • attend national/international conferences relevant to the research and present research findings orally or as a poster.
  • prepare manuscripts for publication and/or patent applications based on the outputs of the project.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, Biochemistry or a related discipline
  • general laboratory experience including aseptic technique, handling of DNA and protein samples
  • DNA and RNA manipulation techniques such as PCR, restriction digests, etc.
  • experience in carrying through and writing up a laboratory-based project

The School of Biosciences is a part of the University’s Faculty of Science, and teaches undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry, Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Research projects are also undertaken in the same disciplines. The laboratory research interests of the School include:   

  • Protein Science 
  • Molecular Microbiology 
  • Biomolecular Medicine 
  • Genome Evolution

Further Information

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: STM-101-19

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