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Senior Technician, Proteomics

Published 2021-06-10

Department of Biosciences

Grade 6: - £26,715 - £32,817 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 23 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 08-Jul-2021, 6:59:00 AM

Job Family: Technical, Research and Teaching Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.
OUR VALUES: We are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

Durham University
Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University
  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.
Family key attributes
Roles in this family provide creative and analytical input to facilitate the delivery of world-class teaching, learning and research activities.

Overall family purpose
  • Support stakeholders to ensure the delivery of research, teaching and scholarly activities.
  • Align and tailor services to meet strategic and operational research, teaching and learning objectives.
  • Prepare and set-up equipment, apparatus and resources to ensure the successful delivery of scheduled academic activities.
  • Monitor, manage and maintain teaching, learning or research facilities, workshops, laboratories and experimental environments to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Contribute guidance, advice and/or professional expertise to increase intellectual and creative capacity for world-class teaching and research outputs.
  • Actively participate with peers and specialists internally and externally to expand knowledge and practice.
  • Design and construct equipment, environments, tools, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning objectives.
  • Adapt and develop equipment, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning outputs and timescales.
  • Engage and network with internal and external specialists and experts to facilitate knowledge exchange and enhance research, teaching and learning activities.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.
Link to key strategic plan
  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering technical and experimental support services across the University;
  • Support and facilitate world-leading research across all academic departments;
  • Support and facilitate research that has a positive impact on global, national and regional challenges and which benefits culture, society, health, the economy and the physical environment;
  • Support and facilitate a rewarding research environment and an exceptional research-led learning experience;
  • Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.
The Department and role purpose
The Department of Biosciences contains a Proteomic facility that provides protein analytical support to diverse departmental research groups as well as services to industrial partners. The facility has a Sciex TripleTOF 6600 mass spectrometer for data-dependent or -independent LC-MS-MS data acquisition. Sample types range in complexity from purified single proteins to complex cell lysates and both labelled and label-free protein quantification is undertaken. The facility supports research across the Department, the wider University and external companies, providing a service for high impact publications promoting research in a wide range of research areas.

The role of the proteomics technician is to assist the Facility Manager in the delivery of analytical services to users. Specifically in the preparation of mass spectrometer samples, maintenance and operation of facility equipment and data processing and evaluation. This will enhance sample throughput capacity. The role-holder will help develop methods for enrichment of specific protein modifications in samples and support internal and external researchers in their implementation. They will provide quality technical expertise to facilitate proteomic research.

Core responsibilities:
  • Experienced service practitioner, planning and co-ordinating of projects and work streams with inter-related activities.
  • Plan and organise own workload with or without involvement with project work streams.
  • Specialist support with problem solving and query handling.
  • Reactive and proactive service provision with others to deliver an excellent stakeholder experience.
  • Relationship building, network participation internally and externally to build and update knowledge and skills.
  • Engage with external peers and specialists to exchange knowledge and information.
  • Supervises service users and stakeholders undertaking activities, events, project work and exhibitions.
  • Interpret, curate, design and present artefacts, information, data, equipment and resources.
  • Implement and monitor protocols, procedures, processes and regulations.
  • Monitor and report incidents.
  • Carry out more in-depth investigations, searches and research information and data to identify trends and patterns.
  • Take responsibility for day to day decision making within own area of responsibility for operational aspects of service delivery, translating external requirements into practical application and advice.
  • Implement and monitor recognised procedures to ensure compliance and meet University values of inclusion, diversity and participation.
  • Contribute to business meetings, working groups and committees to help shape service delivery and stakeholder expectations.
  • Accountable for managing/maintaining financial and budget records and reconciling consumable expenditure queries.
  • Involved in the purchase and return of goods and services.
  • Support the capture of business requirements from users and work with colleagues to translate these into recommendations for future service provision.
Role responsibilities:
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to academic stakeholders to support teaching, research and learning activities within a defined area.
  • Responsible for organising and maintaining technical and experimental facilities, including maintenance of the mass spectrometer and liquid chromatography setup, system quality control and organisation of reagents (Labsafe).
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to solve problems and help shape the delivery of teaching, learning and research outcomes. 
  • Assist in the evaluation and implementation of sample preparation methods new to the facility.
  • Carry out a range of activities that includes the commissioning, construction and set-up of test and experimental scenarios and practical sessions, including the development of new methods within the department for the enrichment of specific peptide modifications. 
  •  Construct, test, repair and calibrate tools, resources, equipment, components and instrumentation,
  • Supervise key stakeholders where necessary, including supporting undergraduate and postgraduates in their proteomic experiments.
  • Deliver projects that demonstrate a high-standard of accuracy, complexity, originality and excellence.
  • Liaise and network with specialist professionals to exchange knowledge and ideas internally and externally to the organisation, including interacting with specialists from companies using the proteomic facilities, scientists from other institutions and specialists maintaining the analytical instruments.
  • Take responsibility for carrying out risk assessments for laboratory experimental procedures, and incident resolution.
  • Record, monitor and collate information, analyse patterns and trends as part of teaching and research activities.
  • Undertake literature and database searches to be aware of new developments.
  • Responsible for keeping accurate and comprehensive records of samples and results obtained therefrom.
  • Ensure timely and complete data-transfer to secure university storage.
  • Any other reasonable duties.
Specific role requirements
Recruiting to this post
In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above (including those listed in the section ‘Realising Your Potential Approach’).

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply 
We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit
  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details 
For further information please contact; Dr Adrian Brown, Experimental Officer - Proteomics a.p.brown@durham.ac.uk

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required
Essential Criteria:
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  • Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
  • Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of working in a team.
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.
  • Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.
  • Experience of implementing policy and procedures.
  • Professional knowledge and expertise in one or more area of technical specialism, and the application of skills to create, build, construct and realise new and innovative resources, equipment and research outputs.
  • Extensive experience of relationship building and ability to turn opportunities into long-term knowledge exchange and collaboration.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of monitoring activities of self and others to ensure health and safety regulations are adhered to.
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver high precision technical skills and the operation of standard and complex scientific, technical and creative equipment.
Desirable Criteria:
  • Relevant industry and professional recognition and certification of achievement of skills and knowledge.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Regulatory, local and national professional knowledge and experience of compliance.
  • Experienced practitioner who has led teaching/research project working within an educational, commercial or industrial environment.
DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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