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Research Technician/Laboratory Manager

Biomedical & Life Sciences
Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Sunday 20 January 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 06 February 2019
Reference:  A2529

This is a fixed term appointment for 18 month full-time to 24 month part-time to work at the Benedetto lab.  The post is funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Sciences awarded to Dr. Alexandre Benedetto to study C. elegans neuromuscular activity during organismal death.

You will use C. elegans and bacterial culture techniques, advanced calcium/fluorescence-imaging and spectroscopy techniques, generate and utilise C. elegans transgenic models, to explore the neuromodulation of organismal death in C. elegans. In particular, you will help set up a new calcium-imaging platform, generate C. elegans strains for live-imaging of neuronal activity based on a genetically-encoded calcium-sensor, and produce a map of C. elegans neuromuscular activity around time-of-death with the strains generated. 

You will also manage the technical operations of the Benedetto lab, monitoring strain collections, consumables stocks, equipment maintenance/upgrades, and providing health and safety and technical training, as well as co-supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the lab. 

We are seeking a highly motivated technically experienced individual with a degree in neurosciences or closely related discipline able to implement our plan of work within the timeframe of the project, and who works effectively independently and as part of a team. A background in C. elegans handling and imaging is an essential requirement, demonstrated by a publication track-record as contributing author (preferably as  . Experience of image analysis and statistics is essential, preferably using ImageJ, Volocity, JMP, GraphPad Prism. Familiarity with C. elegans neuro-circuitry and/or organismal death is desirable. The applicant is expected to carry out lab management duties while working on the project, including providing technical training to project students and managing lab-related health and safety aspects. Some experience in lab management and health and safety is therefore essential.

Lancaster University has a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in research and teaching. Within the Faculty of Health and Medicine, the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, is a multidisciplinary, rapidly growing, innovative and vibrant department whose research effort is directed towards understanding basic cellular and physiological mechanisms that underpin disease states. Research areas include, but are not limited to, infectious diseases, parasitology, neurodegeneration, mental health, ageing, immunology and cancer biology. The Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences is also a friendly research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee and which actively promotes a healthy work-life balance. 

The Faculty is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies and has held a Silver Athena SWAN award since 2014 in recognition of its good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Informal enquiries and pre-application visits are welcomed. Please contact Dr Alexandre Benedetto by email at:

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