University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Senior Research Technician

Senior Research Technician Overview of the Role

Can you provide technical support to research projects? Do you have a strong interest in healthcare associated infection and a working knowledge of Clostridioides difficile? Do you have strong analytical skills to identify and creatively solve experimental problems?

You will join a laboratory engaged in diverse aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection research, particularly on Clostridioides difficile infection (investigating pathogenesis and virulence of C.difficile ), including testing samples for clinical trials. Planning and conducting a programme of experiments in this area, you will also have responsibility for the day-to-day line management of technical staff within the team. You will be encouraged to develop within the role and have access to opportunities for career development.

You will be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area and have suitable laboratory and research project experience. Experience of handling anaerobic bacteria, clinical samples and of DNA extraction and quality control of extracted nucleic acids (additional training in specific laboratory techniques will be available) will be essential. You should also have experience of laboratory testing of clinical trial samples to MHRA standards and have undertaken Good Clinical Practise training.

To explore the post further please contact:

Jane Freeman, Associate Professor

Email: [email protected]

Additional Information

Find out more about the Faculty of Medicine and Health and the School of Medicine.

Find out more about the Leeds Institure of Medical Research at St James's

The institute and its facilities are predominantly based on the St James's University Hospitals Campus although some team are also located on the University of Leeds' main campus.

Find out more about the Healthcare Associated Infection Research Group (their twitter)

Find out more about Athena Swan in the Faculty.

Working at Leeds

We are a campus based community and regular interaction with campus is an expectation of all roles in line with academic and service needs and the requirements of the role. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements. To find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Leeds area visit our Working at Leeds information page.

Our University

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the School of Medicine we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community; people who identify as LGBT+; and disabled people. Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.

Information for disabled candidates

Information for disabled candidates, impairments or health conditions, including requesting alternative formats, can be found on our Accessibility information page or by getting in touch with us at [email protected]

Criminal Records

A criminal record check is not required for this position. However, all applicants will be required to declare if they have any 'unspent' criminal offences, including those pending.

Offer of appointment will be in accordance with our Criminal Records policy. To find out more about the checks and declarations in our Criminal Records page.

Location: Leeds - Leeds General Infirmary

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health School/Institute: Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR) Section: Division of Gastroenterology & Surgery Category: Technical Support Grade: Grade 6 Salary: £30,487 to £36,024 per annum Working Time: Full-time 1.0fte Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (available for 9 months due to external grant income) Release Date: Tuesday 14 November 2023 Closing Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: MHLMR1153

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    Senior Research Technician


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    November 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 28, 2023

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    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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