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Job Vacancy: Technical Specialist (Royce Biomedical Materials)

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce) is the UK’s home of advanced materials research and innovation. The £235m Institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science, an area which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy. Royce brings together world-leading academics from across the UK, and works closely with industry to ensure commercialisation of fundamental research. Strategic investment in the Biomedical Materials research area has enabled us to develop comprehensive suites of equipment to ‘make, characterise and test’ biomedical materials which will help accelerate the development of advanced materials in the healthcare sector.

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The Technical Specialist will be primarily responsible for experimental techniques associated with cell culture and analysis of cell/tissue behaviour on surfaces, and the imaging of cell and materials in biologically relevant environments. You will grow and oversee an internal and external user community of researchers, students and industry collaborators and customers. You will provide training, advice and support to facility users on the use of a wide range of scientific equipment and the interpretation of acquired data.

You will be an experienced experimentalist, with an ability to acquire high quality data using advanced and highly specialised cell culture techniques to assess biological interactions with materials and surfaces.  A proactive and energetic approach is important, as is an ability to establish a good rapport with research students, staff, external customers and visitors.  A degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant science or engineering discipline is required, as well as experience of working in a research facility environment associated with cell culture practices, safety protocols relating to the operation of a Class 2 Biosafety lab and the imaging and characterisation of cells and materials using light based fluorescent techniques. A postgraduate degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or related field is desirable.

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