Fly Facility Technician

In the Crick's Fly Facility Team.

Part of Crick Operations.

Reporting to the Fly Facility Manager, the role involves working closely with other members of the Fly Facility team, as well as scientists and support services across the site. As a Fly Facility Technician you assist with the effective running of this specialist function. This typically involves but is not limited to: Supporting the Fly Facility in maintaining drosophila stocks. Carrying out microinjection procedures and genetic crosses. Ensuring that larva boxes and population cages are available for large-scale embryo collection. General cleaning and housekeeping of the facility and equipment. Occasional preparation of reagents.Ordering of supplies using the Crick ordering system.
Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
R471
Salary
From £24,610
Applications closed
03 November 2021, 23:59 GMT
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 14 October 2021

This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

Summary

Drosophila Melanogaster is used as a key research model in genetics, developmental biology, physiology and metabolism. The facility provides husbandry and manipulation services to a number of groups in the research community.

Reporting to the Fly Facility Manager, the role will involve working closely with other members of the Fly Facility team, as well as scientists and other support services throughout the organisation.  As a Fly Facility Technician, you will assist with the effective running of this research service.

Key responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the Fly Facility in maintaining drosophila stocks
  • Carrying out microinjection procedures and genetic crosses
  • Ensuring that larva boxes and population cages are available for large-scale embryo collection
  • Maintaining good operational state of key equipment and the working environment
  • General cleaning and housekeeping of the facility and equipment
  • Preparation of reagents as required
  • Ordering of supplies using the Crick ordering system
  • Maintaining good operational state of key equipment and the working environment 
  • Liaising with internal clients over their requirements and delivery schedules
  • Any other reasonable duties as specified by the Fly Facility Manager or Science Services Manager

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:

Essential

Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Basic literacy and numeracy (e.g. GCSE Maths and English at grade A-C or equivalent)
  • Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing, with internal clients.
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software
  • Good organisational skills and an excellent eye for detail
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own time
  • Able to follow agreed processes and protocols
  • Able to carry out tasks involving lifting / manual handling

Desirable

Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Experience of working in a scientific or healthcare environment
  • Previous experience of Drosophila husbandry and research or an equivalent scientific technique
  • Handling chemicals safely and accurately
  • Familiarity with general laboratory equipment
  • Accurate data recording
  • Qualification in a relevant scientific subject (at BTec or BSc level)