Jobs, Apprenticeships & Kickstart

Research Lab Assistant – Institute of Cancer Therapeutics - University of Bradford

Job Description:
Main purpose of the role
This is an exciting opportunity for the applicant, who will have a chemistry-focused degree (with a strong organic chemistry component) to develop their skills in a research-intensive environment as part of a team developing exciting new cancer therapeutics. The medicinal chemistry lab at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics houses a vibrant group of researchers comprising research assistants, PhD students and post-doctoral scientists working towards a common goal.
The applicant will support ongoing medicinal chemistry projects focused on the development of targeted anticancer therapeutics, performing compound synthesis, purification and analysis. There will be a focus on laboratory health and safety, including risk assessment and handling of laboratory chemicals. The applicant will also contribute to the day-to-day running of the laboratory.
Main Duties
The applicant will gain experience and practical skills in:

  • Organic reactions, (peptide synthesis, conjugation chemistry, Schlenk technique)
  • Purification of compounds
  • Analysis of compounds
  • Compound characterization techniques
  • Health and Safety (handling of chemicals and solvents, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health [COSHH] analysis)
  • Contribute to day-to-day running of medicinal chemistry lab (maintaining lab stocks; ordering/cataloguing chemicals)
  • Communication skills, experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Weekly Wage: Minimum Wage – dependent on age
Employer Name & Location: University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, BD7 1DP 
Working week - contracted hours / full time / part time: 25 Hours per week, Monday to Friday. To be agreed on Appointment.
Number of vacancies & closing date for applications: 1 Vacancy
Closing Date: Ongoing
Duration – Perm / temp: 6 Months
Essential and desirable skills:

  • Degree in Chemistry or a related subject
  • Some experience with practical organic chemistry desirable
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email.
  • Excellent written and oral communications–detail focused, accurate and clear  
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work
  • Willingness to learn new skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Training provided

  • Central and local induction
  • On the job training
  • Access to various training courses by University’s People Development Team

If you are interested in this Kickstart Placement, aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit, please contact your DWP work coach at your local Job Centre Plus to go through the application process for this placement.