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Research Technician

Cancer Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £25,617 to £30,497
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 05 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1439721CM-R

A Research Technician position is available in the Centre for Cancer Immunology at Southampton General Hospital.  This is a newly constructed, dedicated research building that is the result of a significant fundraising campaign. It builds on a 40-year history of pioneering immunology and cancer research at Southampton and represents the first dedicated cancer immunology centre in the UK. The activities in this centre span from pioneering discovery science to applied research and preclinical modelling and, crucially, onto first-in-human clinical trials and beyond.  The centre houses world-class research facilities, including state-of-the-art scientific laboratories and a clinical trials unit.

The appointee will be highly motivated and excited by the challenges involved in supporting a dynamic, interdisciplinary group of researchers. The appointee’s role will be to provide support with the day-to-day running of the laboratory by providing technical support for experiments, combined with the ordering and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation and supplies. The appointee will be involved in assisting the setting up of new instrumentation and using computational methods to support data storage and analysis tools in the laboratory. The position holder will be expected to be familiar with biosafety and other regulatory processes and follow these procedures as necessary.  

The position is associated with the laboratory of Professors Ward and Ober who have recently relocated their research group from the USA to Southampton. Their interdisciplinary research program is dedicated to the use of quantitative and protein engineering approaches to develop novel antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and autoimmunity. This research has led to several therapeutics that are currently in advanced clinical trials or approved for clinical use. The group also develops advanced microscopy techniques for the evaluation of novel therapeutics in cellular environments. Their research is supported by major grants from the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and support from collaborating biopharma companies.

While direct experience of the role described in the job description is not a prerequisite, scientific knowledge in a quantitative area such as biomedical engineering, engineering, computer science or mathematics equivalent to BSc level is desirable. The role requires the ability to plan and organise your workload, work well under pressure and communicate effectively and professionally with other laboratory members.  

The post-holders will possess relevant academic qualifications and work experience as well as good IT skills.  

The position is for two years. Availability of funds for a period beyond the two year timeframe is anticipated.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor E. Sally Ward ( or Professor Raimund J. Ober (

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1439721CM-R on all correspondence. 


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