Research Technician


Research Technician
Circa £28k
Job reference: DIA1066/CH

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

We are seeking a full-time Research Technician to support life sciences research within the Research Complex at Harwell by Diamond Light Source research groups.

Structural biology of soluble and membrane proteins (bacterial and human) forms the majority of the work carried out exploiting diffraction, solution scattering, X-ray imaging and presently single particle cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography. Production of test proteins for quality control and to aid methods and instrumentation developments at the Diamond beamlines also forms part of the role. The post will contribute to research through facilitating on-going projects by the Diamond groups in the Research complex, collaborate in joint activities with the OPPF-UK and the MPL laboratories and aid generally to the efficient use of the biology laboratories.

Main responsibilities will include:

Working in support of the laboratory research scientists to:
• Contribute to general running of the laboratory and upkeep and operation of equipment.
• Ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced.
• Following and ensuring safety procedures and safety checks are maintained.
• Contribute to MX beamline quality control protocols through delivery of standard crystals for beamline calibration and software/pipeline developments.
• Contribute to research projects through engaging with research groups and providing assistance in particular for recombinant protein production for crystallography, solution scattering and electron microscopy research projects.
• Contribute to protocol developments within the lab and life science beamlines.

Qualifications and experience:

You should have a strong background in protein purification and expression of recombinant proteins. . Experience in molecular biology including PCR and cloning of DNA for structural biology is desirable. You will work as part of a team, be well organized and able to plan your time efficiently and effectively. You should be familiar with good laboratory practices and safety procedures and requirements and have the ability to communicate and collaborate in a team environment.

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Closing date: 13 September 2015.

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