Senior Laboratory Research Scientist – Cell Services Science Technology Platform (STP)
Reports to Head of Cell Services
This is a fixed-term (maternity cover - one year, starting in December 2023), full-time position, on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment. Part-time can also be considered for this role.
To manage the Cell Lab operations and work closely with the QC Manager and Head of STP, and to support the Quarantine team.
Communication is key to this role as each day you will interact with numerous users of the service in order to process and fulfil requests and respond to their questions.
Cell Services is a unique facility providing a repository of validated cell lines and tissue culture services to scientists at the Crick. This is an efficient way of ensuring consistent, validated cell lines are used in research throughout the Institute.
Our expertise enables the Crick researcher to focus on their projects while allowing us to work to our strengths. We use our technical skill to provide a range of cell services, including large- and small-scale cell projects, extensive in-house quality control testing and the promotion of best practice throughout the Crick.
Our aim is to continually improve these services by investigating and introducing new techniques and adapting to current scientific trends. We are reactive to the changing needs of the Crick researcher and, at the same time, work collaboratively with other STPs to best meet scientists’ requirements.
These include but are not limited to:
- Work and support the QC Manager to manage the Quarantine facility, this includes when the QC manager is on annual leave. New cell line submissions need to be processed in Quarantine and the workload must be managed to deadlines. The cell culture and quality control are time consuming as many lines are precious and are only available in small quantities. This work requires excellent organisational skills and extensive, technical cell culture expertise.
- Excellent organisational skills and extensive, technical cell culture expertise.
- Answering any scientific or technical questions from scientists and the team.
- Monthly data reporting and provide information on service activity.
- Communication is essential: to initiate and actively engage with regular meetings and information sharing. Additionally, communicate with the quadrant manager, research groups, and operational departments at the Crick to ensure good relationships are created.
- Be pro-active in assisting and supporting ad-hoc issues and challenges as they arise in a timely manner.
- Support the LRS team with decision making when expertise is needed.
- Be able to work with minimal supervision, be self-motivated using own initiative to organise and prioritise team and individual goals.
Key experience and competencies
The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold,
Open and Collegial, in addition to the following:
Qualifications, experience, and competencies:
- Educated to degree level or equivalent and/or have extensive experience working in a tissue culture environment at a senior level.
- Experience of managing and working within a team environment.
- Experience of using Freezer-Pro Database
- Organisational skills must be your strength, able to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Experience in providing a service to a scientific community and working with them to develop experimental protocols.
- This STP continually changes to improve processes, it is essential that you accept change and can adapt quickly therefore flexibility is key.
- A calm outlook and being resilient is essential as demand for the service is great.
- Comprehensive cell culture and technical skills
- Proven ability to assess available options and make informed decisions.
- Ability to communicate clearly with different stakeholders, supported by an excellent relationship building skills.
- Team player with an ability to collaborate.
- Excellent attention to detail.
Qualifications, experience, and competencies:
- Be able to think creatively, and be resourceful are both useful skills when working in Cell Services STP
- Completed a Leadership programme
- Be proactive and make improvements, be innovative and suggest what can be changed for the better
- Experience of cell line Quality Control procedures. Species Analysis and STR profiling of Human and Mouse cell lines. PCR, and Real Time PCR assays for Mycoplasma detection
Find out what benefits the Crick has to offer:
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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion:
We welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, age, disability, or civil partnership, marital or family status. We particularly welcome applications from people who are Minority Ethnic as they are currently underrepresented in the Crick at this level.
Diversity is essential to excellence in scientific endeavour. It increases breadth and perspective, leading to more innovation and creativity. We want the Crick to be a place where everyone feels valued and where diversity is celebrated and seen as part of the foundation for our Institute’s success.
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