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Dear sir/madam,

I am a PhD student who has just submitted my thesis, and am looking for a new and challenging role. During my PhD, I greatly enjoyed carrying out lab work and my role as a demonstrator, and would like to pursue a career as a medical laboratory assistant.

I have extensive experience working in a research laboratory, and am familiar with safe lab practices, as well as health and safety procedures such as risk assessments and completing COSHH forms. I have experience in a number of different techniques, including DNA extraction, PCR and gel electrophoresis, and am familiar with developing and following protocols. I also have extensive experience in culturing mammalian cells and have excellent aseptic technique, and have microbiology experience.

I am proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly in Excel, as I used this for some of my data analysis during my research project. I have an undergraduate master’s degree in Biomedicine, and will shortly hold a PhD in Chemistry, so have a good range of knowledge across these areas, and I have experience in using, and troubleshooting, a wide range of equipment. My time as a demonstrator whilst at University gave me experience in working within a busy department to set up, supervise and offer support during practical sessions. I believe I can use the skills and experience I gained during this time in order to be an effective medical laboratory assistant.

I am an analytical thinker and can manage priorities and workload to ensure tasks are completed on time. For example, I have frequently balanced my research and my work as a demonstrator, as well as marking students’ work and have always ensured that this was completed on time and all deadlines were met. I enjoy problem solving and work well under pressure, and do this in my spare time by completing escape rooms as part of a team.

I have excellent communication skills, and have improved these by communicating my research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences at research conferences. I have also trained others how to use equipment both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, so have the ability to communicate on several different levels. In addition, I have written and published two scientific papers, so have excellent attention to detail, and a good telephone manner, developed by my volunteer role in a charity shop, where I frequently interact with customers both face to face and over the phone.

I am highly organised and have good presentation skills, having frequently presenting at research conferences and also in weekly group meetings with my research group during my PhD. I am able to work independently, and can prioritise my own workload and use my own initiative and I have done this many times during my research, particularly by problem solving when an experiment did not work the way it should. However, I also enjoy working as part of a team, and have frequently worked as part of a team with others to design and carry out experiments. In addition, I work as part of a team in my volunteer role to ensure the shop runs efficiently.

As I have just submitted by thesis, I am available to start immediately, and am able to travel freely as I have access to my own vehicle. I am organised, efficient and a good communicator, and I am confident that I can use these skills, as well as the practical skills I have gained during my PhD, in order to be an effective medical laboratory assistant within your laboratory.

Yours faithfully,

(name removed)

Eligible to work in the UK
Located in Lancaster
20000 desired
Available immediately
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