Laboratory Manager/Technician – TG1309RH

Applications are sought for a Laboratory manager/technician to work in the Neural Circuits of Disease Laboratory ( with Dr Ilary Allodi conducting research for an MRC (UKRI) funded project entitled “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: treating the circuit behind the disease”. We are looking for an independent, and well organised candidate interested in neurodegenerative diseases, with previous laboratory experience.  


The postholder will work closely with the PI on several aspects of the project and will play a central role in the management of the laboratory. The successful candidate will work with the rest of the research team (including postdocs, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students) and will maintain contacts with the lab members and collaborators located at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen (Denmark). The post includes both managerial tasks as monitoring of laboratory activities, scheduling maintenance of laboratory equipment, communicating with national and international brain banks, as well as technical tasks as handling the maintenance of transgenic mouse colonies (including genotyping and phenotyping of mouse models of disease).  


The position is open to candidates with previous practical experience in relevant areas (e.g., neuroscience, biomedical sciences, biology etc…), and offers the opportunity to work in an excellent international team engaged in techniques including mouse models of disease, computational behavioural analysis, investigations of ALS human post-mortem tissue, spatial transcriptomics, and gene therapy.  


The successful applicant will have a degree in relevant subjects, expertise in molecular biology and handling of laboratory rodents. An active Home Office Personal License (PIL) is not necessary, but the postholder will be required to obtained one (costs will be covered by the laboratory). In all cases, the ability to perform the tasks will be the primary consideration, thus we encourage applicants to apply regardless of personal background.    


The part time position will be available for 36 months starting on the 1st of April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.  


 Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

  •          Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays
  •          Membership of the S&LAS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  •          A hybrid working environment, including partial homeworking where appropriate and a range of family friendly policies
  •          Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services
  •          Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel
  •          Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff/children of staff, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme and a range of wellbeing initiatives

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Ilary Allodi, email:


Applications are particularly welcome from women, LGBTIQ+, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in professional posts at the University.    


Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter and Race Charters). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:


In accordance with the new immigration rules, it is with regret that this role DOES NOT MEET THE CURRENT SUITABILITY REQUIREMENTS set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  While all applications received are assessed against the essential and desirable criteria listed in the further particulars, for this post the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK prior to commencing employment and obtain the right to work in the UK themselves without relying on University sponsorship.  Information on other visa options is available at or by contacting our HR Immigration Team on


This post will be primarily based at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (Bute Building), a state-of-the-art laboratory and office space.


Closing Date: 15th March 2024     


Interview Date: 25th March 2024


Please quote ref: TG1309RH


Further Particulars: TG1309FP's.doc




School of Psychology and Neuroscience

Salary: £30,487 per annum pro rata

Start date: 1st April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter

Part time: 18.75 hours per week

Fixed term until 28th February 2027 




Laboratory Manager/Technician – TG1309RH