Research Technician

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Department of Neuroscience
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term for 2 years
Reference:  2489
Salary: starting at £20,989 and rising to £24,285 per annum. It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale.      
Placed on: 05 September 2017
Closing date:  04 October 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.  
Expected start date: as soon as possible.

Job description

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Technician to join Professor Nigel Leigh’s research team at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School working on the international ‘Modifying Immune Response and Outcomes in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (MIROCALS) project.

MIROCALS aims to achieve a breakthrough in the treatment of motor neurone disease trialling therapy using a molecule that could significantly slow the progress of the disease. Clinical outcomes will be integrated with biomarker development, immunology, genetics and gene expression.

This post will involve:

  • preparation of clinical samples for analysis
  • handling and processing blood samples, e.g. extracting PBMCs
  • working knowledge of other relevant techniques
  • shipping to external laboratories
  • accurate record keeping using a tissue logging database throughout the study recruitment phase
  • Experience of working to the principles of Good Clinical Practice and within the guidance of Good Clinical Laboratory Practice

This post will be based at the Clinical Investigation & Research Unit (CIRU), Royal Sussex County Hospital and at the BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex campus. While the post will be line managed by Professor Leigh the post holder will be expected to work under the joint supervision of the CIRU Laboratory Manager and the BSMS Technical Services Manager.

Further information about our research can be obtained from our website at

For informal enquires and for more information, please contact Professor Nigel Leigh (

For full details and how to apply see:            

We are committed to equality of opportunity

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How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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