Technician: Visa sponsorship

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose
To manage technical aspects of the research on behalf of the Principal Investigator [PI], including providing specialist technical expertise in the immunology of alopecia and being responsible for the creation and operation of technical resources to deliver of research objectives. In addition, the postholder will undertake a range of technical support activities in line with laboratory strategy.
This post is based within the School of Infection and Immunity, working under the supervision of Professor Simon Milling (Principal Investigator).
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Undertake specialist technical projects in the areas of flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry and other scientific techniques as agreed with the PI.
2. Provide specialist technical advice to research team including research, teaching and technical staff and undergraduate and post-graduate/PhD students. Where required, support the supervision of students within the research group.
3. Progress technical aspects of research objectives in accordance with predetermined timescales as set out by the PI.
4. Independently generate ideas and implement agreed proposals for experimental strategies.
5. Design and create experiments, systems, protocols, equipment, and other technical resources to support the delivery of research objectives.
6. Keep up to date with developments in relevant research and technical areas and within the broader discipline to ensure contribution to research goals is optimised.
7. Be responsible for the management of technical aspects of the research project, including where relevant, management of the laboratory, technical resources, and technical staff as agreed with PI. Ensure operational delivery of technical resources is optimised and seek to continuously improve the technical service.
8. Be responsible for troubleshooting complex technical problems, including issues with the design and operation of technical resources and/or with the data which is generated.
9. Undertake complex data analysis, identifying trends, problems or anomalies, and present findings clearly to research group and/or to wider audiences via presentations or within appropriate research publications.
10. Where relevant, take day to day control of research budget, creating spending plans, monitoring outgoings and targets and providing summary reports to PI as required.
11. Be responsible for the day to day management of and compliance with relevant Health and Safety and/or other specialist legal requirements. Maintain all necessary records in accordance with set requirements, keep up to date with developments or legal changes relevant to the work of the research group and advise and train group members as appropriate. Report any potential issues to the PI and/or relevant internal or external bodies timeously.
12. Work collaboratively with others, including within the wider College and where relevant with external contacts, to enhance the delivery of the research aims and support the broader strategic aims of the University.
Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and you may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and priorities and requirements evolve.
Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria point by point. If you do not address each criteria in this format you will not be shortlisted for interview.
Knowledge/Qualifications, Skills, Experience
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9, (Ordinary Degree, SVQ level 4), or equivalent in a relevant area of biological science.
A2 Significant breadth and depth of technical knowledge and expertise of the principles of working with human tissues, for imaging and other immunology techniques.
A3 Up to date knowledge of relevant legislative requirements applicable to the role, including by not limited to Health and Safety.
B1 Degree or equivalent in relevant discipline desirable, or experience of personal development in a similar role.
B2 Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages.
C1 Demonstrable specialist technical skills in working with tissues, to perform immunohistochemical analysis to investigate mechanisms of immunopathology.
C2 Significant IT skills, including proficient user of relevant specialist or bespoke software packages.
C3 Significant analytical and problem-solving capability, including high degree of accuracy and attention to detail when dealing with complex data.
C4 Proven interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to understand, conceptualise and interpret technical requirements of a research group and adapt own style to meet the needs of others.
C5 Excellent teamworking skills and where relevant to the post, supervisory or line management skills.
C6 Ability to plan and prioritise a broad range of technical work to meet competing demands.
C7 Significant relevant work experience within a similar research environment, including evidence of previous outputs and professional development.
C8 Experience of understanding and interpreting complex technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.
C9 Experience of operating independently in progressing and delivering research goals within set timescales.
D1 Microscopy skills, including immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence imaging.
D2 Ability to learn new techniques through literature and consultation with other researchers.
D3 Ability to train students and new staff of highly used laboratory techniques
D4 Use of bespoke and specialist software programmes (eg statistical analysis software like Prism).
E1 Significant relevant work experience within a similar environment, including evidence of previous professional development.
E2 Experience of understanding and interpreting the technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.
E3 Experience of planning and organising own workload to meet the needs of service users.
F1 Experience in working with human blood.
F2 Experience in performing assays to assess functions of immune cells.
F3 Experience in cellular analysis using flow cytometry.
F4 Experience in working with external industry funders, and maintaining professional external relationships.
Terms & Conditions
Salary will be Grade 6, £32,332 – £36,024 per annum.
This post is full time (35 hours per week) and fixed term for up to 1 year.
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.
Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit:
As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University
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