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Senior Research Technician in the Panfilio Lab, University of Warwick, UK

Posted by , on 12 April 2021

Location: School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK

Closing Date: 29 April 2021

A full-time Senior Research Technician position is available for an immediate start in the laboratory of Dr. Kristen Panfilio, for molecular genetics, cell biology, and lab management tasks to support investigations of insect embryology for basic biomedical research. The position is planned for two years in the first instance. Our lab uses a range of imaging, sequencing, transgenic, comparative genomic, and other approaches. The primary focus is on the structure and function of protective epithelial tissues, including their genomic architecture and how the tissues dynamically remodel during development (morphogenesis).

The technician’s principal role will be to conduct molecular biology and related research tasks in support of the PI and other members of the research team, and to do stock maintenance for our research organisms: the flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, and the milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus. Tasks will support ongoing research, with a particular focus on the functional relevance of polyploidy in barrier epithelial tissues. This addresses tissue structure and integrity in relation to birth defects, the tissue-specific regulation of gene copy number and transcription across tissues’ lifetimes, and end-stage regulation of apoptosis (BBSRC grant project details:

The candidate needs to have prior practical experience in standard molecular biology and developmental genetics techniques. Experience with insect cultures and techniques including qPCR, FACS, and transgenesis is desired. However, full training will be given in new techniques. The successful candidate is expected to be an active participant in our research group, so a record of successful time and project management is essential.


To view further particulars of the position and to apply, visit the University of Warwick Human Resources posting for this position. The closing date is 29th April 2021.

Please submit your application with contact details for at least two referees, a CV, and covering letter stating why you are interested in the topic and what you would bring to the project. For informal enquires or further information about the project, please contact Kristen Panfilio (

Closing Date: 29 April 2021

Scientific fields: Cell biology, Cell fate control and differentiation, Computational and systems biology, Gene regulation, Metabolism and physiology, Morphogenesis, Evo-devo and eco-evo-devo, Homeostasis and aging

Model systems: Other invertebrate

Duration: Fixed term

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