Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate


Applications are invited for a Laboratory Research Technician / Immunologist (part time) to join the Antigen Presentation Research Group (APRG), part of the Immunology Department of Imperial College London.

The APRG is headed by Prof. Stella C Knight, Professor of Immunopathology, and you will be working with Dr Alistair Noble, Senior Research Fellow of the Quadram Institute Biosciences and Honorary Senior Lecturer of Imperial College, and with other members the group based in St Marks Hospital in Harrow.

You will have the opportunity to work, under Dr Noble’s direction, on an exciting new research project to provide diagnostics and medical countermeasures against microbial agents to which military personnel may be exposed. You will be involved in collecting, processing and performing a range of immunological assays on blood samples from individuals convalescent for Q-fever in order to identify therapeutic targets in Coxiella burnetii. Suitable training in required techniques and knowledge will be provided.

You will contribute to the running of the laboratories of this small and friendly research group, using your skills to support research staff and higher degree students and ensure efficient operation.

Duties and responsibilities

To provide technical research support in accordance with a specified research project.

Setting up and monitoring a range of in vitro experiments, including separation of blood lymphocytes, tissue culture, flow cytometry and immunological assays.

General laboratory duties including maintenance of tissue culture and laboratory facilities

Support/supervise junior staff

Ensure the laboratory work complies with applicable regulations concerning biohazards, clinical sample use, and maintain all documentation relevant to the HRA and other regulatory requirements

Essential requirements

Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, or related field, or equivalent vocational qualification and / or equivalent experience in laboratory management.

You should demonstrate proven experience in:

Biomedical research in containment level 2 laboratory

Clinical sample processing, tissue banking, cell culture and immunology assays including multi-colour flow cytometry

Training and supervising laboratory staff and/or students

Operation and routine service requirements of standard laboratory equipment (autoclave, class II safety cabinets, incubators, centrifuges, freezers etc)

Knowledge of:

Cellular/molecular immunology and infectious diseases.

A sound understanding of Health and Safety regulations and procedures and experience of implementing these in a laboratory environment

A sound understanding of the regulatory requirements regarding research with human samples

Previous experience in use of fluorescent microscopy would be an advantage

Phlebotomy training/experience or willingness to train in phlebotomy skills would be an advantage.

Further information

The College cannot normally apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UKVI’s Points Based System. Any candidate, who is considering applying for this position and requires sponsorship, must ensure that they are able to obtain permission to work in the UK through an appropriate immigration route.

This is a part time, fixed term post for 18 months (with the possibility of extension subject to funding).

You will be required to work on Mondays to assist with liquid nitrogen deliveries, with remaining hours to be agreed with key staff.

Informal queries can be made directly to Dr Alistair Noble, Senior Research Fellow, Quadram Institute Bioscience & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College. Email:

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Alison Scoggins, Section Manager, APRG. Email

For technical queries during the application process, please contact

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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