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.

Key information

Job reference
R997
Salary
£27, 296 - £30,900, subject to skills and experience
Application close date
07 December 2022, 23:59 GMT
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 17 November 2022

    Fly Facility Technician

    Reporting to:

    • Operational Manager for Media Prep & Fly Facility

    Contact term:

    • 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 Operational Manager for Media Prep & Fly Facility, 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 Operational Manager for Media Prep & Fly Facility 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)
    • Previous experience of Drosophila husbandry and research or an equivalent scientific technique
    • Ability to communicate well 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
    • The role involves moving trays of fly food and stock bottles between holding rooms and the main lab so the ability to carry out tasks involving lifting / manual handling is required

    Desirable

    Qualifications, experience and competencies:

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