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Position: Laboratory Technician position in Physics of Living Matter (Biophysics & Biomaterials)
Institution: University of Luxembourg
Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Duties: Manage the research labs ordering, archiving, maintenance and budgeting; Maintain microbial and other relevant cell lines; Follow, comply and implement safety regulations/legislation; Train and support the on-boarding of new users in the laboratories; Support the experimental requirements of research projects; Maintain clean laboratory setting, and ensure contamination-free cell lines; Actively participate in the group meetings and relevant technical meetings
Requirements: A technical, Bachelor or Master degree in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology or another similar life sciences related discipline; Ideally, previous professional experience at least as biological laboratory technician; Expertise in maintenance of microbial cell lines (bacteria, algae, cyanobacteria) and/or basic human cell lines and/or organoids is desired; Excellent organizational and management skills, highly reliable & precise work style; Attention to details, especially accurate protocoling, data entry and sample handling; Ability to work independently in phases of potentially little guidance from supervisor; Basic computer skills to ensure electronic record keeping and generation of work summaries, e.g., documenting quality and quantity results from different protocols
   
Text: UOL04207 31-Dec-2099 The University | About us... The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character . It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of Mathematics , Physics , Engineering , Computer Science , Life Sciences and Medicine . Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in. Within Luxembourg, innovative research in the area of biophysics is carried out at the University of Luxembourg’s Physics and Materials Science Department (DPHYMS) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB). Close synergies with the Department of Life Sciences and Medicine (DLSM), Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg National Health Laboratory (LNS), and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) make Luxembourg a thriving hub for cutting edge cross-disciplinary research in the physics of living systems. Area: The applicant will be a member of the Physics of Living Matter Group headed by Prof. Dr. Anupam Sengupta, at the Department of Physics and Materials Science. The Group’s research focuses on uncovering the physiological and behavioural response of microorganisms (at the level of single cells, populations and communities) under changing environments, in the context of climatic shifts, human health and medical diagnostics. A second central topic of the lab is the generation of conditions that mimic diverse ecologically- or medically-relevant settings using a combination of microfluidics, organoids, automation, and micro-/milli- fabrication techniques. The Group develops advanced imaging methods, high throughput analyses tools, and regularly uses state-of-the-art microbiological and molecular techniques including metabolomics and genomics to address related research questions. The model cell lines include bacteria, cyanobacteria, phytoplankton (algae), and relevant microbial communities. Incorporation of model human cell lines is foreseen in future. An overview of the research activities can be found here: https://wwwen.uni.lu/research/fstm/dphyms/research/physics_of_living_matter Your Role... You are a skilled, motivated laboratory technician who will be responsible for supporting cross-disciplinary laboratories within the Physics of Living Matter Group, working in the broad area of biophysics and biomaterials. Key domains of interest include microbial biophysics, micro- and molecular biology, cancer organoids, flow cytometry and quantitative imagining. Selected applicant will be experienced in cell culturing and handling, and will be responsible for maintaining the laboratory logistics, and supporting on-boarding/training of new team members in microbiological tools and techniques. In addition, the laboratory technician will be in-charge of laboratory safety, and basic maintenance, procurement and archiving of equipment and consumables. The position will be initially part time (50%, 20 h/week), and may be revised after a 6-month assessment. More specifically your tasks will include: Manage the research labs ordering, archiving, maintenance and budgeting Maintain microbial and other relevant cell lines Follow, comply and implement safety regulations/legislation Train and support the on-boarding of new users in the laboratories Support the experimental requirements of research projects Maintain clean laboratory setting, and ensure contamination-free cell lines Actively participate in the group meetings and relevant technical meetings Interface collaboratively among different disciplines within the lab, e.g. materials, microbiology, imaging, cytometry and fabrication Support with basic data management and documentation What we expect from you… A technical, Bachelor or Master degree in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology or another similar life sciences related discipline Ideally, previous professional experience at least as biological laboratory technician Expertise in maintenance of microbial cell lines (bacteria, algae, cyanobacteria) and/or basic human cell lines and/or organoids is desired Excellent organizational and management skills, highly reliable & precise work style Attention to details, especially accurate protocoling, data entry and sample handling Ability to work independently in phases of potentially little guidance from supervisor Basic computer skills to ensure electronic record keeping and generation of work summaries, e.g., documenting quality and quantity results from different protocols Knowledge of basic IT and HTML competence will be an asset Fluency in verbal and written English, and overall strong communication skills are required. Knowledge of French and German or Luxembourgish will be a plus The position is highly interdisciplinary in nature: individuals applying for the position should have demonstrated ability and desire to multi-task across different disciplines, techniques and responsibilities. Experience/knowledge with organoids, on-chip organs, and imaging will be given preference. Fluency in English and French, Luxembourgish or German is mandatory. Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, are desired. A key role in cutting-edge research projects related to impact of climate and lifestyle changes on microorganisms and human health/diseases Opportunity to work in an exciting international, interdisciplinary research environment Opportunity to participate in the development of the group’s research and development Highly competitive salaries Opportunity for professional trainings In Short... Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 24 Month - renewable annually up to 24 months Work Hours: Part Time 20.0 Hours per Week Earliest starting date: August 2021 Location: Limpertsberg Internal Title: Lab technician Job Reference: UOL04207 (DPhyMS) How to apply... Applications should include: A detailed curriculum vitae A motivation letter that includes a brief description of work experience and short justification of how you fit the job profile (highlight contributions to research projects; and key experimental/laboratory skills) Copies of relevant diplomas or publications (English translations, wherever appropriate) Contact details of at least two references willing to send a letter of recommendation Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English translation All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Evaluations will commence immediately, till appropriate candidate is selected. Early submission is encouraged. Applications will be processed upon arrival. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered, though candidates can check the status of their application via email. Selection process: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Luxembourg (if permissible under Covid-19 restrictions) or interviewed remotely by phone or other audio-visual modes. The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff. In return you will get… Multilingual and international character . Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure. A partner for society and industry . Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs … Find out more about the University Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University Further information... For further information, please contact Prof. Anupam Sengupta ( anupam.sengupta@uni.lu ) or visit the research page for further information on the project and its scope.
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