Salary: Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 with a discretionary range to £37,345 p.a.
An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Tissue Bank Technician. Oxford Haematology is one of the largest academic haematology units in Europe and we are expanding the tissue banking programme for the blood cancers that we treat, so that we can use these precious resources donated by our patients, for research into how better to understand and treat these diseases.
You will be responsible for biobanking peripheral blood, bone marrow and lymph node samples from patients with myeloma and lymphoma and for the analysis of these samples. As the study of these samples is the cornerstone of much of the research we do, you will play a critical role in the team. Duties will include the collection, processing and cryo-preservation of bone marrow, peripheral blood samples and tissue biopsy samples (such as lymph nodes) from patients. This entails preparing mononuclear cell preparations, selecting specific cell populations and performing FACS analysis to immunophenotype samples and to check the purity of cell population enrichment before cryopreservation. Further processing such as DNA and RNA extraction, and banking of fresh lymph node samples may also be required.
The post is available fixed-term for 24 months, funded by Bristol Myers Squibb and Oxford University Hospitals Charitable Funds.
You will hold a degree in a relevant biomedical or scientific discipline, with a demonstrable understanding of cell biology. Previous experience of working as part of a team in a laboratory environment with the ability to problem-solve and to plan and manage work schedules to deliver agreed targets is essential. You will have good attention to detail, communication, manual dexterity and record keeping skills. Previous experience of molecular biology research and FACS immunophenotyping are desirable.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.
The closing date for this position is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 9 January 2019. Interviews will be held in January 2019.