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Research Associate - Quality Assurance Specialist (Part Time, Fixed Term)

We are looking for a part-time (15 - 22 hours per week / 0.4-0.6 FTE) Research Associate specialising in quality assurance to join the Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank in the University of Cambridge, Department of Haematology based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Established in 2009, the Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank is a core facility essential for research in the department of Haematology and beyond. The group is closely involved in clinical and research activities at Addenbrooke's and Rosie Hospitals, Cambridge, with pivotal role in translational research into Haematological disorders and stem cell biology. The biobank collects material from multiple sites recruiting patients across the UK, and is increasingly attracting research collaborations with investigators across the UK, Europe and the USA, alongside Cambridge-based research groups from the Biomedical Campus, Babraham and Sanger Institutes.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant related subject and have (translational/clinical) research laboratory experience. They will have broad knowledge of haematology and/or oncology. They will be an excellent communicator with the ability to manage their own workloads, guide junior members of the group, and establish interactions with a broad range of professionals on the Campus. They will be meticulous with sample handling and have a good understanding of the need for excellent quality assurance in the biobank context. Under the guidance of senior colleagues, they will develop current biobank services, and plan and implement changes in quality management within the biobank, leading towards accreditation. They will be expected to assist in assessing and adopting national and international biobanking community best practice and standards most appropriate to our biobank. Experience of biobanking for research, clinical diagnostic service delivery or clinical trials alongside knowledge of research governance would be an advantage.

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 and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

Martin Dawes is responsible for the recruitment for this post and can be contacted at

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.

Closing date: 21st March 2018

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 26th March 2018.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

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

Please quote reference RB14950 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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