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Senior Research Technician

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Senior Research Technician - Band AfC 5 (12 month fixed term)

2 posts available (2 x 1.0WTE), full time/ flexible working/ job share considered.

We are looking to recruit 2 x Senior Research Technician's within Research and Innovation (R& I) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). These roles will be a key member of the team at the Centre for Precision Approaches to Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance based at Wythenshawe Hospital. One role will involve general laboratory duties, with a particular focus on coordinating quality management, and one role will be responsible for running biochemical assays (particularly mass spectrometry).

Main duties of the job

The aim of our Centre is to specifically test individualised approaches to infection management especially antibiotic prescribing, helping to protect and preserve antibiotics for when they are most effective. The roles will help to support and expand our research capabilities.

You will be educated to degree level in a scientific/ health related discipline or demonstrable experience in scientific knowledge and technical ability of general laboratory techniques.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated and adaptable individual who is able to exercise initiative and work with minimal supervision or as part of a team.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with leading researchers in a diverse and innovative area and be a key part of extremely committed, highly motivated and busy research activities.

The vision of the Trust is to become the leading integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the NHS. Within this context our aim is to ensure that MFT is one of the top 5 NHS Trusts for research and innovation in the U.K. Our capacity for translation of research and innovation into improved patient care will be internationally recognised. The Trust is highly committed to embedding research and innovation into its core business and to be able to offer patients the potential to be recruited to appropriate research studies (as per the NHS Constitution).

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Degree in scientific/healthcare related discipline or equivalent experience


  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)



  • Self-motivated and adaptable
  • Ability to exercise initiative and work with minimal supervision or as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to follow up tasks to ensure they are completed
  • Ability to prioritise a varied workload and work under pressure to meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Competence in Microsoft Office applications


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (Ability to communicate complex information with a wide range of people at varied levels including students with limited experience, colleagues and research professionals)



  • Working knowledge of general laboratory techniques


  • Knowledge of specific Biology techniques. e.g. biochemical assays

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Centre for Precision Approaches to Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (Wythenshawe Site)

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

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