Technician - Flow Cytometry Unit

Job Details
Closing Date: 2020-07-21
Institution: Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO)
Keyword Names: Technician/Technical, Core/Shared Resource Laboratory, Academic/Research
Line 1: CNIO
City: Madrid
Country: Spain

Job Description

Technician - Flow Cytometry Unit

Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain

We have an opening at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), one of Europe’s leading research institutions in the cancer research field based in sunny Madrid (Spain). Located in state-of-the-art facilities in Madrid, Spain, the CNIO harbours at present more than 450 researchers working in both basic and translational aspects of cancer research, in a highly dynamic, energetic and international environment. The CNIO is organized in several thematic programmes, including a Biotechnology Programme which consists of Core Units aimed to provide expert technical support and advice to CNIO Research Groups in a number of disciplines and technologies used in biomedical research, as well as to implement and develop state-of-the-art biotechnological tools and reagents for cancer research.

We are looking preferably for an experienced cytometrist, but alternatively, not much flow cytometry experience but with a hunger to learn, and a good attitude/aptitude towards technology, and interest in becoming part of a technological Unit, will also work. This will be a permanent position upon successful completion of the probation period.

Our unit is currently equipped with three high speed cells sorters: a FACS Aria IIu, an InFlux and a MoFlo ASTRIOS plus four analytical cytometers FACS Canto II, a FACS Calibur and a LSRII Fortessa. We also have some small pieces of equipment such an AutoMACS Pro, and a couple of automated cell counters.  

Applicants should have:

  • BSc or MSc or technical training (FP) in a relevant biomedical discipline or exhibit equivalent experience in the flow cytometry field
  • Previous sorting and analytical flow experience is more than desirable
  • Research lab experience, including tissue culture and sample preparation will be valued
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team, interacting with a diverse group of people 
  • IT skills and knowledge of the common flow cytometry analysis package will be an advantage (FlowJo, ModFit, FCS Express)
  • High commitment, motivation and a collaborative attitude
  • Good communication and social skills, capacity for troubleshooting and attention to details
  • Good level of English to be able to work in an international institute

Primary duties for this position will include:

  • Operation of cell sorters
  • Maintain QA & QC in all of the unit instruments both cell sorters and analytical flow cytometers 
  • Assist investigators with experimental design, data display and data analysis
  • Pro-actively develop new flow cytometric techniques appropriate to the users needs
  • Contribute to the generation of training material as well as participate in the training of users and unit external courses
  • General lab organisation and administrative tasks

The CNIO is an equal employer and offers the possibility to develop your career while being part of a centre of research excellence with a multidisciplinary research environment. Salary will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate.