Research Assistant in Blood Cancer Research

University of Oxford

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic research assistant to join the

Mead Group


Psaila Group

, focusing on the study of how blood cells develop normally and how this is disrupted in patients with blood cancers. The work focuses primarily on a type of blood cancer called ‘myeloproliferative neoplasms’ and is highly translational, involving recruitment of samples from patients seen in clinics in Oxford and other hospitals in the UK.  As research involving human samples is governed by several regulations, you will want to make a difference and must be able to work with a high degree of precision and attention to detail.

You will lead ongoing work involving the biobanking of human peripheral blood and bone marrow samples from patients. In addition to sample biobanking, you will support research applying and developing bone marrow organoids, and may be involved in phenotypic, molecular and functional analysis of the samples including flow cytometry, RNA and protein analyses. This work will interface with the work of other members of the laboratory aiming to understand the biological processes underlying normal and malignant haematopoiesis.

You will hold a degree in a relevant biomedical or scientific discipline and have experience with tissue banking techniques.  It is essential to have a good understanding of research ethics including the requirement to protect identity of the participants and the responsibilities of custodianship of donated samples.  Along with the willingness to learn and a flexible approach to adapt to changing requirements as required.  Experience of performing molecular biology techniques and knowledge of LIMS systems are desirable.

The post is full time and fixed-term until 10 September 2025, funded by Incyte Corporation.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the selection criteria, as part of your online application.

The closing date for this position is noon on 15th December 2023. Interviews are expected to be held w/c 2 January 2024.

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