Research Technician in Neuropathology

Job summary

'Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.' To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it. The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap. We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED03099
  • Date posted 4 April 2022
  • Closing date 30 June 2022

Job description

Job summary

'Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.'

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.

We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, and King’s College London.

We have an exciting role for an experienced technician to provide technical support and management on projects related to the human neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease in Prof Paul Matthews’ group (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/dementia-research-institute/research-programmes/glial-neuronal-interactions/), part of the UK DRI Centre at Imperial.

Technicians in the UK DRI at Imperial enjoy excellent career development opportunities including the opportunity to participate in the Technicians’ Network at Imperial and more widely with technologists across the UK DRI. 

Duties and responsibilities

Building on laboratory experience in basic methods for molecular biology and histology, you will:

  • Undertake training and demonstrate an aptitude for an organised, methodical approach to your work
  • Provide up-to-date technical expertise, advice and support for specialised methods appropriate to the research projects
  • Basic methods for molecular biology (PCR, qPCR, Western blotting) of human tissue samples
  • Implementation of robust methods, quality assurance and quality control
  • Support for optimisation of development of new research methods in the area
  • Contributing to the basic laboratory training and management of students working in the laboratory who are performing projects with activities related to the post-holder’s expertise

Essential requirements


  • A good degree level qualification in a science subject

  • Experience of tissue handling and histology, as well as basic biological methods (DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, Western Blotting, microscopy)

  • Methodical approach to work, good time management and record keeping

  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn

Further information

The role is offered as Full Time and Fixed Term for 2 years with potential of extension and based in the new UK DRI research labs on the White City Campus in West London. You will benefit from an active research (and social) environment in the Department of Brain Sciences, with additional research labs in the Burlington Danes Building on the nearby Hammersmith Campus.

For more information about the UK DRI at Imperial, please visit:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/dementia-research-institute

The UK Dementia Research Institute

https://ukdri.ac.uk/

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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