University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities


CMDL Quality and Sample Co-ordinator (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a full-time Quality and Sample Co-ordinator who will be based in the Cancer Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL).

Following on the successful major centre funding award from Cancer Research UK, the new integrative cancer medicine theme will bring together knowledge, expertise and emerging technologies to establish a personalized, precision cancer medicine strategy that diagnoses cancer early and individually stratifies, treats and monitors all patients (

The CMDL is a key strategic resource for the integrative cancer medicine theme aimed to translate cutting edge genomics methods for advanced diagnosis and clinical management of cancer at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre funded by NIHR-BRC and CRUKCC Integrative cancer medicine theme ( The Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR-BRC) at the Biomedical campus in Cambridge is a leading site for experimental medicine research (

We are looking for a scientist with experience in modern molecular genetics technologies and a genuine interest in performance improvement through the establishment and maintenance of quality management systems. The successful applicant will play a crucial part in the daily activities of CMDL and will help coordinating processes for the group with a special emphasis in the quality management of the laboratory procedures, in conjunction with the Laboratory Head.

The post holder will be expected to actively participate in monitoring and maintaining quality performance, keeping rigorous audit trails of the work carried out and writing and updating documentation such as SOPs and validation records. The post holder will also be expected to offer technical support to junior laboratory staff and students in a variety of analytical molecular pathology investigations including: nucleic acid extraction and quantification, PCR and sequencing. Previous experience in library preparation for next-generation sequencing (NGS) and digital PCR will be advantageous.

Candidates are expected to have experience in human genetics, cancer genomics and/or next generation sequencing and preferable working knowledge of quality standards in the laboratory - e.g. GCLP, CPA, ISO15189, CLIA, etc. Applicants should be educated to degree level/level 6 vocational qualification or an equivalent level of practical experience. BSc, MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline would be desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2020 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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 25th February 2018 with interviews likely to take place on the 8th March 2018.

Please quote reference RD14746 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

Apply online