Senior Research Technician (108074-1023)

University of Warwick Campus, Coventry
School of Life Sciences
Fixed Term
Fixed Term Contract for 60 months from start date
£29,605 - £32,982 per annum

Fixed term ideally starting first quarter 2024 until 31.12.2028 (i.e. up to a maximum of 60 months)

Applications are invited to the role of Senior Research Technician. Candidates will have a strong background in molecular biology with equating experience commensurate with the duties detailed in this post.

You will provide core technical assistance to scientists in the Roper and Holden groups in wide ranging areas including molecular genetics, molecular biology, protein purification and chemical modification. You will also contribute to sample preparation in support of complex experiments including structural biology experiments and single molecule microscopy studies.  A proactive attitude to work in, develop, contribute, and take responsibility to multiparter collaborative teams is a requirement for this role.

As part of a wider team you will work to support and contribute to an ambitious science project to uncover fundamental molecular principles of bacterial cell wall remodelling, including a team of collaborators from Warwick, Belfast and New York.

You will also support smooth running of the laboratory by tasks such as induction and training of new lab members, procurement of group consumables, maintaining laboratory inventories and bacterial strain collections, preparing standard reagents, and contributing to compliance with local health and safety regulations.


This post is suitable for flexible working arrangements, including job share/ part-time work.

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You will have a laboratory-based research masters level degree or equivalent laboratory experience in a relevant subject area (biochemistry, biological sciences, or similar). Good organisational skills and high attention to detail is essential. You will  be able to work effectively both as part of a team and independently. A proactive attitude to work in, develop, contribute and take responsibility in multi-partner collaborative teams is a requirement for this role.

Expertise in molecular biology, protein purification and molecular genetics is desirable. As is prior experience in common laboratory management tasks is desirable.

For further information regarding the skills required for this role please see the personal specification section of the attached job description.

You will be based jointly in the laboratories of Professor David Roper and Dr Séamus Holden. Both labs are co-located in the new Interdisciplinary Biosciences Building at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, this is a collaborative environment with world class facilities for molecular microbiology. We and the wider University of Warwick environment offer substantial opportunities for professional development. University of Warwick is a founding member of the MI TALENT programme for technician professional development.

School of Life Sciences

For further information about the School of Life Sciences please see our website at

We believe that collegiality, openness, inclusivity and diversity are essential for an excellent environment; this ethic has enabled us to gain an Athena SWAN Silver award.  We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you are excited by this role, we encourage you to apply, even if your past experience does not match exactly.  We also encourage applications from all groups with protected characteristics.

In your application, you can also include any career breaks you may have taken (e.g. parental/caring/long-term sick leave, part-time work, secondments) or any periods where you were unable or restricted to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Right to work in the UK

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For those eligible, the University of Warwick offers relocation and Immigration Support Scheme packages to assist with costs of relocating and any associated visa applications and Immigration Health surcharge (IHS) fees.

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**. 

You'll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

*QS World University Rankings 2024

** Research Excellence Framework 2021

To find out more about us visit our website.

Applications should be submitted via the Warwick recruitment system and should include a CV and a covering letter expressing the reasons for your interest in this post.  Within this information you should demonstrate how you meet the requirements of this role by specific reference to each of the essential, and where applicable, desirable criteria detailed in the person specification. 

Please note that if you do not evidence the essential requirements, we may not be able to shortlist your application.

Interview date TBC 

Closing Date: 21 November 2023

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 26 days holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. 

We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information click here. 

We are proud to say that we are a Living Wage employer.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive working and learning environment.  We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued.  Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social, and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding. 

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpageshere. 

The University currently holds aRace Equality Charter Bronze Award, Athena Swan Sliver Awardand aDisability Smart Bronze Award. The University of Warwick is also one of the six founder institutions of theEUTOPIA European University Alliance. 

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The University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against anyone who makes a Disclosure relating to a conviction or other information revealed.  More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK Points-based Immigration System please follow the link which contains further information about obtaining the right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

This opportunity is closed to applications.