Research Assistant Ref:9559

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Hours: full time or part time hours  considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 12 months part time, 6 months full time 
Reference: 9559
Salary: starting at £31,411 to £35,333 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 02 September 2022
Closing date: 04 October 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: TBC

Job description

We are hiring a research assistant to join our internationally recognised Haemato-oncology research team. We are looking for collaborative, pro-active team player with established laboratory experience and the ability to quickly grasp new techniques. The successful applicant will contribute to an exciting research agenda, with a focus on understanding the biology blood cancers. The successful applicant will be expected to and generate high quality data suitable for inclusion in peer-reviewed publications. Many of the experimental approaches required are already established in our lab, but there may be opportunities to develop new assays and/or troubleshoot existing ones. The successful applicant will be fully integrated into our team and will be expected to supervise/support students as required and contribute to discussions about data at team meetings.

The position can be part-time or full time and we can be flexible in agreeing a start date and working pattern. 

This post will be based in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at BSMS. Cancer represents a major strategic priority for BSMS reflecting our interest in basic, translational, and clinical oncology. Any experience in the below would be desirable but not essential and should be highlighted in the application:  

-       flow cytometry,

-       tissue culture,

-       Western blotting

-       ELISA assays

-       standard molecular biology techniques, including RT-PCR. 

The Haemato-oncology group is a successful collaborative partnership between clinicians and scientists. The laboratory-based ‘Pepper Team’ ( and computational systems biology ‘Mitchell Team’ ( currently represent the two largest groupings. Our main areas of expertise are in modelling the tumour microenvironment, understanding the role of NF-kB in disease progression and the development of drug resistance and the pre-clinical evaluation of novel targeted agents. The team currently works on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma and Malignant Myeloma, and the successful applicant would work with both cell lines and patient samples from these haematological cancers. We are seeking a candidate who can rapidly learn to reliably perform a flow cytometry-based approach we have established, and synergise with the existing team to interpret and present the results. The successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity to contribute to the impact of the dynamic haemato-oncology research team at BSMS. We are a highly interdisciplinary group and there is potential to gain experience with additional approaches and techniques depending on the applicants experience and desire to learn. 

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