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Chief Technician (Phenotyping Assistant) (Fixed term)

A Chief Technician (Phenotyping Assistant) position has become available to aid the running of the busy, expanding shared laboratory resource 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 cytomics 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, two confocal and an epifluorescence microscope, laser capture microscope, high content array scan and other kits.

We are looking for an individual to support multiple laboratory routine techniques for our phenotyping sub-team led by the Phenotyping Research Analyst (flow sorting, magnetic cell separation, RNA isolation, cell processing, phenotyping and other molecular and cell biology techniques). The role holder will be supporting scientists working on various research projects, thereby making a significant contribution to translational biomedical research at University of Cambridge. The major component of the role is to provide a smooth and reliable specialist service to researchers on Campus across the Hub portfolio and this will entail collaborative participation in research projects across BRC research Themes. In addition, the role holder will undertake tasks of supporting the operations through general laboratory, administrative, record keeping and maintenance duties as well as through a contribution to training and teaching activities and health and safety guidance.

The successful candidate must have experience in cytometry, imaging, high content/ throughput analysis and in tissue culture and cell, immunological and molecular methods. They will have a qualification in a relevant scientific subject and have experience of scientific work in biomedical laboratory and be cleared for working with human blood and tissue. Hands-on-experience of sorting as a primary operator is essential for appointment at the substantive grade. The ability or aptitude to learn advanced technologies, operate complex biomedical equipment, 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.

Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged and can be made to Director of Operations Anna Petrunkina Harrison (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2019 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 17th October 2017, with interview dates yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference RC13353 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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