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Research Assistant (Phenotyping) - Fixed Term

A research assistant position has become available in the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub, based at Addenbrooke's Hospital in E6. The BRC Cell Phenotyping Hub is a science technology platform providing services in cell phenotyping in the Clinical School and across Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It is equipped with state-of-the-art-specialist cytomics equipment including multiple sorters and analysers, magnetic separator, microscopes (confocal, epifluorescence, laser capture microdissection), high content array scan and other kits.

We are looking for a proactive individual to aid in delivery of the Hub phenotyping services to support clinical trials and other projects related to translational research.

The role holder will be reporting and providing focused research support to the Cell Phenotyping Hub postdoctoral associate scientist (Mental Health Projects' Lead Dr. Lorinda Turner) and occasional research support to Director of the Phenotyping Hub. The post offers an unrivalled opportunity to join a translational research program within an outstanding academic and clinical environment. The post holder will assist in the generation and analysis of data for several projects focused on the concept of peripheral immune cells as potential biomarkers of neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and depression, and be involved in other interactions with relevant BRC themes ( ).

It is a fully integrated Hub role with varied research and service responsibilities related to the generation, delivery and analysis of phenotyping data. The role holder will be supporting different teams working on various research projects, thereby making a significant contribution to translational biomedical research at University of Cambridge, with particular focus on Mental Health theme and Immunity and Infection cross cutting theme. Daily tasks will include flow sorting, magnetic cell separation, RNA isolation, cell processing, phenotyping and at a later stage other molecular and cell biology techniques and data analysis. In addition, the role holder will undertake tasks of supporting the general Hub operations through smooth contribution to laboratory, administrative, record keeping and maintenance duties as well as to training and teaching activities. Additional duties will involve support of routine services in the Hub to ensure contingency of operations, including support of late operations and provision of sorting.

The successful candidate must have hands-on experience in cytometry, cell separation (FACS and MACS) imaging, high content / throughput analysis and in tissue culture and cell, immunological and molecular methods. Experience with jet in air sorters is a distinct advantage. Experience of operating complex biomedical equipment, the ability or aptitude to learn advanced technologies and troubleshoot problems as well as team ability, flexible approach to work and readiness to work to the lab operational pattern are essential criteria. The lab operates late/night shifts for clinical scientific service according to rota (covering 8am -11 pm) and the post will require frequent late shift work and occasional weekend work. They will have a qualification in a relevant scientific subject and have experience of scientific work in a biomedical laboratory and be cleared (or be prepared to be) for working with human blood and tissue.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The position is available immediately. Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged and can be made to Project Lead Dr Lorinda Turner ( and Director of Operations Prof Anna Petrunkina Harrison (

The closing date for applications is 16 July 2017.

Please quote reference RC12509 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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