King's College London
Job id: 074365. Salary: £36,532 – £41,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Posted: 08 September 2023. Closing date: 17 September 2023.
Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: SCMMS Denmark Hill.
Contact details:Ana Georgian. [email protected]
Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide laboratory support to the research group led by BHF Chair of Cardiology, Professor Ajay Shah. The group comprises 20-30 research staff and students at any time. The research activities of the group encompass a wide range of wet-lab, dry-lab, animal and clinical research, including molecular and cellular biology, ex vivo and in vivo physiology and gene-modified models. There is an emphasis on complex biochemical analyses (e.g. redox modifications, LC/MS) and integrative physiology (e.g. echocardiography and isolated organs, tissues and cells).
The role holder will work closely with research staff and students on a day-to-day basis, with the majority of time spent on assistance with laboratory, technical activities, in particular cell culture (incl. primary cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)), genotyping and similar duties.
The post holder will support and report to the Senior Technical Officer (Lab Manager), Dr Ana Georgian, to provide assistance in laboratory maintenance and administration: liaising closely with academic, research and professional services staff undertaking specific scientific research projects. In addition, they will assist the group with iPSCs maintenance, differentiation into cardiomycoytes and QC.
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for until 31 Mar 2025.
This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent.
The role holder is expected to work as an integral member of the Department of Cardiology, working alongside the School’s professional services team to provide high quality technical support to the Cardiology Chair’s group in their research activities.
- To participate in practical procedures within the Shah Research laboratories, as part of scientific projects, providing recognized technical expertise. In particular, cell culture, both primary cells and iPSC lines.
- To support the Cardiology Chair’s group compliance with all regulations and guidelines, including health and safety, biological safety and the human tissue act; contributing to process development and the adoption of best practice to ensure compliance with all regulations.
- To support and liaise with the Senior Technical Officer in managing the group’s research laboratories, equipment, and house-keeping activities (buffer management, stock-checks, etc); acting as a key interface between the laboratory research activities and the Senior Technical Officer.
- To adapt to a dynamic environment with changing priorities, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided and resolving problems as they arise.
- To develop and maintain working relationships with immediate colleagues within the Department and School as well as the wider university, where needed, in order to deliver the required support.
- To train and supervise more junior staff or student, where appropriate; providing advice and guidance on laboratory processes, university policies, processes and where required, sourcing information to support and facilitate the groups’ work activities.
- To actively participate in formal and informal departmental meetings and participate in cross-School/Faculty/ University projects and initiatives as directed by the Cardiology Chair
- To ensure that accurate records, both written and electronic, are created and/or maintained pertaining to research activities, health and safety, animal work and other relevant activities.
- To actively engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the University Technician Commitment
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
Work closely with the Cardiology Chair, Senior Technical Officer as well as the group’s research staff and students to ensure technical support for the group is professional, well-executed and timely – complying with university policies, funders’ terms and conditions, and adopting best practice.
This post is subject to Occupational Health clearance.
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