Research Technician, IVABS, Massey University

  • Posted on: 19 February 2015
  • By: Admin RSY
Job Posted: 
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Job Expiry: 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Research Technician (G403-14JK)

Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, College of Sciences

This fixed-term position would suit someone with training in microbiology and molecular biology who is seeking experience in a research environment.

Location:

Palmerston North

Term:

Fixed Term of 15 Months

Grade:

Grade D

Salary:

$35,642 - $52,653 pa

Applications close:

11:45 p.m. on 25 February 2015

Position overview

The Institute of Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University has a 15 month, fixed-term vacancy for a Laboratory Technician. As the successful candidate, you will have the opportunity to work with researchers in the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab) of the Hopkirk Research Institute, Palmerston North. Ideally, you will have experience in infectious disease microbiology and molecular techniques, although experience in other areas of biology would be considered. You will assist the research manager in completing the work required for a Ministry of Health research contract in a timely and efficient manner. The position involves generating research data by gathering and processing samples and accurately recording the information produced. The position will primarily involve bench work in a microbiology/molecular biology PC2 laboratory and sequence analysis of protozoan pathogens. A range of abilities will be considered, and those with increased skills will be given greater autonomy and capacity to contribute to the broader research goals of this programme.
Enquiries made to: Prof Nigel French: N.P.French@massey.ac.nz or Dr David Hayman: D.T.S.Hayman@massey.ac.nz

Job description

Purpose statement

To assist the research manager in completing the work required for a Ministry of Health research contract in a timely and efficient manner. The position involves generating research data by gathering and processing samples and accurately recording the information produced. The position will primarily involve bench work in a microbiology/molecular biology PC2 laboratory and sequence analysis of protozoan pathogens. A range of abilities will be considered, and those with increased skills will be given greater autonomy and capacity to contribute to the broader research goals of this programme.

Responsible to

The research technician is responsible to the research contract manager, to the laboratory manager and to the director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab), Professor Nigel French.

Key accountabilities

  1. Sample reception and screening
    Receipt and recording of incoming samples, screening of incoming samples, accurately and carefully following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  2. Molecular biology 
    DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing preparation, sequence editing, Real-Time PCR, accurately and carefully following SOPs
  3. Accurate and efficient recording of data
    Accurate, timely and efficient data recording throughout all laboratory processes using the required procedures; accurate, timely and efficient Access database entry with quality control procedures being followed
  4. Providing assistance and training to students and other laboratory staff in the above techniques and processes as required
  5. Assisting with other laboratory activities as required
  6. Meet agreed deadlines for the completion and recording of work
  7. Follow PC2 laboratory protocols.
  8. To observe confidentiality around sensitive data/results.
  9. Such other duties as may be required by the Head of Institute.

Person specification

Qualifications

Minimum of a tertiary qualification in molecular laboratory techniques. Qualifications with research components would be advantageous.

Experience

Previous experience in molecular biology techniques (as stated above) is required. Previous experience in research would be advantageous.

Personal attributes and behaviours

Ability to work in a team environment, but also to operate independently. 
Good communication and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail, good record keeping including any necessary maintenance of laboratory books.

Additional Pre-employment Checks

Applicants will be subject to the standard pre-employment checks required by Massey University, i.e. referees, qualifications, previous employment at Massey University, proof of identity and New Zealand citizenship/permanent residency or valid work permit checks will be completed.

An additional pre-employment check demonstrating laboratory competencies may be required.

Enquiries made to: Prof Nigel French: N.P.French@massey.ac.nz or Dr David Hayman: D.T.S.Hayman@massey.ac.nz

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