Research Services

Research Services support research groups at the Beatson Institute and University of Glasgow colleagues based in the Beatson building. Covering Building Facilities, Central Services, Information Services, Laboratory Management, Molecular Technology and Reagent Services, and Health and Safety in its remit, the range of roles is varied, from lab aides in Central Services, building services engineers in Building Facilities to lab management professionals in IT, Lab Management, and Health and Safety.

For roles other than lab aide, a relevant degree or equivalent qualification and experience is required. We typically only consider applicants for Research Service roles when a vacancy arises.

Laboratory Aide

Full time, salary range £17,363 to £20,612


The CRUK Beatson Institute is one of the UK's leading cancer research centres. It is core funded by Cancer Research UK and supports cutting edge research into the molecular mechanisms of cancer development. Based at Garscube Estate in Bearsden, Glasgow, we provide an outstanding research environment, underpinned by state-of-the art core services and advanced technologies.

We are currently seeking a Laboratory Aide for our fast-paced Laboratory Support Services Team at the Beatson Institute which is part of the Laboratory Operations Group. This large team is underpinned by four key values, Safety, Respect, Reliability and Team Work which we would expect the appointed individual to adhere to whilst carrying out their duties.

Key outputs for this support role include:

  1. The provision of clean glass ware.
  2. Preparation of sterile solutions such as L-broth, PBS and Distilled water.
  3. Support of laboratory equipment such as water baths and pH metres.
  4. General cleaning of laboratory areas.
  5. Waste collection and treatment for the entire Institute
  6. Replenishment of laboratory consumables such as Tissue culture plastics.

The successful candidate will possess the following:

Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of working in a laboratory support based environment.
  • Safety procedures involved in working with high pressure machinery for sterilising solutions and waste.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel for accurate record keeping.
  • Use of initiative, and being able to plan ahead and prioritise workload.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced working environment.


  • Ability to prepare and dilute concentrated buffers for communal use.
  • Ability to aseptically prepare antibiotic agar plates for bacterial growth.
  • To work independently, keep accurate records and be able to trouble-shoot problems.
  • Willingness to participate in further training which will enable the candidate to take on more responsibility.

All applications must be made via our website.

Closing date: 6th October 2021



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