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[Apply by 5 Sept 2019] Research technician (Biochemistry) at University of Kent

Applications are invited for an independent, forward thinking research technician. You will be of a creative mind and motivated in your work as you undertake technical and research support. You will be expected to deliver the goals and milestones of the Wellcome Trust SEED project entitled ‘Characterisation of an alkaloid natural product family for novel antitumor agents’ ensuring the success of the project. The project will have a specific focus which will involve assembling large biosynthetic gene clusters using synthetic biology to recombinantly make the target natural product. This post is currently funded for two years, and is under the supervision of Dr Simon Moore, and will require you to work with other collaborating partners in academia.

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As research technician you will: 

  • Maintain an up to date log of the research activity undertaken and of the results obtained so that the findings of the project are accurately recorded and documented
  • Coordinate and provide support within the lab including supervision of hourly paid staff, MSc students and undergraduate final year student. Maintain a record of ordering equipment and consumables with sales reps.
  • Liaise with research facilities to collect LC-MS/MS, NMR, spectroscopy data and pre-clinical bioassays.
  • Maintain a detailed laboratory notebook on all work conducted.
  • Manage the project experimental aims and revise accordingly

 To be successful in this role you will have:

  • First degree in a biology related subject
  • Training/experience with bacterial strains and plasmids
  • Practical experience in biology/biochemistry laboratory work
  • Experience of aseptic technique

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
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