Research Assistant

Location: Cambridgeshire Salary: £20,000 – £22,000 Ref: ALS 2320

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Our client, a non-profit British genomics and genetics research institute, are looking to recruit a Research Assistant to join their team and participate withing their Molecular Biology and Genotype studies.

This role will be offered on a temporary contract starting immediately and will last for 4 months in the initial instance although there may be potential for this to be extended.

Basic Requirements:

  • BSc in Biological Science discipline
  • Significant graduate experience in a laboratory environment
  • Experience with qPCR, and short-range PCR
  • Understanding of bioinformatics and genome sequence
  • Understanding of databases and data analysis skills are desirable
  • Familiar with standard computer software programs for molecular biology applications

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with a range of molecular biology based techniques including qPCR, short-range PCR, cloning, DNA extraction and enzyme analysis to facilitate the generation and validation targeting constructs and RNA reagents
  • Molecular biology work in collaboration with research groups to determine gene expression, protein expression or other assays as required
  • Determine the genotypes of mice using a variety of methods
  • Write and maintain both manual and computer records of procedures undertaken such that work can subsequently be followed up, reported or interrogated in order to identify errors/faults for troubleshooting
  • Identify and implement improvements in protocols and procedures needed to optimise
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, both simple cleaning and low maintenance, reporting any faults to the manager so they may be rectified quickly
  • Contribute to the overall running of the laboratory, including consumable inventory and ordering

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