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Band 5 Research Technician

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum plus inner London HCAS
Closing date
17 May 2024

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This is an exciting opportunity bridging discovery and clinical research of virus immunology in state-of-the-art UCL IIT and RF.

Supervised by Dr Fink, the postholder will process primary samples, and undertake original research, performing analyses and experiments on patient specimens as part of ongoing research projects within the Fink lab and IIT. The postholder will assist in management of the Fink lab. Key active projects in the Fink lab focus on immunophenotyping the interferon signalling pathways of primary immune cells in populations with impaired anti-viral immunity and vaccine responses (older populations, people living with chronic virus infections, and people living with organ failure).

The applicant will also receive training in the high-throughput Gyros immunoassay technology. Experience of flow cytometry would be very valuable to any potential applicant although there will be opportunity to learn these skills in a state-of-the-art immunology institution.

Main duties of the job

The role will provide technical support between the clinical site of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL) and the Fink lab based within the neighbouring Insitute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT). The role holder will work closely with the immunology and virology research groups within the IIT, and diverse clinical collaborators including liver and renal transplant units, virology, hepatology and the Ian Charleson Day Centre.

About us

The Fink lab forms part of the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (Pears Building) within the Division of Infection and Immunity, UCL. The Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) brings together a critical mass of more than 20 world-class research groups working at the forefront of translational immunology. Work within the IIT aims to translate advances in the understanding of the immune system to improved therapies for patients. The Institute's close links to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust provides an excellent interface between science and medicine. For more information about the IIT please visit: There will be opportunity within the post to acquire new laboratory skills from the wider collaborative group witin the IIT, attending and presenting at divisional and group level research meetings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & professional Qualifications


  • BSc or equivalent in Biochemistry/Immunolog y/Virology/Biomedical Sciences or related subject or a Technical Assistant degree


  • MSc or MRes in Biomedical Sciences or related field



  • Evidence of laboratory experience in relevant field
  • Evidence of working independently in research capacity


  • Experience of working with primary human samples

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free Hospital

Pond St



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