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Senior Technician - Flow Cytometry

Band 6

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Flow Cytometry
Band 6
Fixed Term - 2 Years
37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guys Hospital, London
£31,878 - £42,046 p.a inc HCA
02/05/2018 23:59

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NIHR GSTT-KCL Biomedical Research Centre
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London

Clinical Research Facility
Senior Research Technician – Flow Cytometry

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTFT) and King’s College London (KCL) is one of five new comprehensive Biomedical Research Centres in the UK. The Centre has a strong focus on translational research taking advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the clinical setting, forming a key part of the Department of Health's new strategy for research and development in the NHS. The
GSTFT/KCL Centre was recently awarded a third grant of £64.4 million over the next 5 years to build on its excellence in translational research and develop translational research capacity through training and education.
The Biomedical Research Centre at GSTFT/KCL focuses on seven
research themes encompassing Asthma & Allergy, Atherosclerosis, Cutaneous
Medicine/Dermatology, Cancer, Immunity and Infection, Oral Health and Transplantation and has cross cutting disciplines encompassing Genetics, Paediatrics, Imaging Sciences, Stem Cell Research, Cell and Molecular Biophysics, age-related diseases and health & social care research.


The state of the art BRC Flow Cytometry Core at Guys Hospital London has a new position for a Senior Flow Cytometry Technician. Our platform supports immune monitoring, biomarker discovery and assay development for improved personalized medical care and better drug discovery. We serve internal as well as external customers on a total of 16 analysers and sorters, including platforms for bead based assays (Luminex), very high parameter fluorescent flow (BD Symphony), Imaging Cytometry (Amnis ImageStream) as well as liquid Mass Cytometry (HELIOS) and Imaging Mass Cytometry (Hyperion). 

As our new team member you will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of one or more core lab instruments for cell sorting and/or analysis as well as user support at all levels. Prior knowledge of all aspects of multicolour Flow Cytometry (panel design, titration, cocktailing, controls etc) is an essential prerequisite for this post. You will support the development of next generation high parameter flow assays (>17 fluorochromes) and will be an expert operator on BD instruments (Fortessa/CANTO/LSR/Symphony). Equally, we expect you to have good knowledge and practical skills of either (1) histology/immunohistochemistry staining procedures to support our Imaging Mass Cytometry service or (2) be able to operate a BD ARIA cell sorter. We will provide training on the remaining platforms as and when needed and so you should be a keen learner with interest in mastering novel technologies. You have a strong background and practical skills in cell biology and immunology, ideally with a working knowledge in chronic inflammatory diseases or cancer immunology. You have experience in assay development and are willing to do bench work part of the time to support customer projects and internal protocol development. You will know how to design, conduct and analyze functional cell assays such as (but not limited to) phosphoflow, intracellular staining or tetramer binding and be well versed in PBMC preparation and cell and tissue culture.

Our candidate will be educated to postgraduate level, a PhD is desirable but not essential. You will be able to work independently and as part of a team and are used to deliver results in a fast paced multiuser environment. Good organization, communication and a positive attitude to deliver excellent customer service are essential as you will interact with a multidisciplinary customer base of clinicians and researchers. You will be involved in scheduling, supporting data analysis, data management, instrument maintenance and quality control, ordering of supplies and providing general support for the seamless operation of the facility. You are detail oriented and motivated to learn and develop new protocols and emerging technologies relevant to our business. Computer competency in standard office and flow cytometry software such as FlowJo or DIVA is a must, prior experience with BD instrumentation and prior work experience in a flow cytometry core laboratory are highly desirable.

Closing date: 2 May 2018 at Midnight

Interviews will be held week commencing 14 May 2018.

For further details / informal visits contact

Susanne Heck at



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Further details / informal visits contact

Susanne Heck at

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