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Specimen Handling Administrator (Fixed Term)

We are seeking to recruit an experienced full time Specimen Handling Administrator into the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre urological malignancies programme team. This is a new position to assist the urological malignancies programme in their scientific efforts to improve the care and outcome of patients with urological diseases. The role will be to support the specimen and data handling requirements of the programme as it pertains to the different arms of the research programme. The role will be split between assisting in pathological acquisition of tissue samples for research purposes as well as data entry for patients recruited under the DIAMOND bio-banking study. Within pathology, the role will be to support the research related activity of the programme uro-pathologists (and any associated pathology team members) and their role in facilitating the research undertaking by members of the urological malignancy programme.

The post holder will be a part of the integrated core research team based in the Cambridge Translational Research and Clinical Trials (CU-TRACT) office and support the current research associates and research nurses and their work in the bio-banking and database aspects of the programme. The post holder will also work alongside the tissue bank in pathology and under the direction of the programme uro-pathologist.

The post holder will be required to have an overview of the specimens collected under the pathological and bio-repository collections of the DIAMOND bio-bank as it pertains to the urological malignancy programme. The post holder will also be required to be in charge of maintenance and technical running of the allied resources including freezers and warranties, freezer space, location recording as well as assisting in the correct achieving storage and retrieval of such samples, both on-site in the university and pathology departments of the trust as well as any off-site facilities.

Applicants will need to be educated to at least A Level standard or equivalent standard/NVQ level 3 or equivalent level of practical experience. Well established experience working in specimen handling with human tissue samples, data and bio-fluids is essential. Previous experience in maintaining databases and spread sheets, cataloguing and archiving, use of spread sheet and repository data and knowledge of ethics and regulatory frameworks for handling human tissue is also essential. Applicants will also need to demonstrate their ability to multi-task, make decisions, organise and prioritise their workload, and will have good IT skills, able to use MS Office applications.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Vincent Gnanapragasam ( and Dr Anne Warren (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years 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.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th July 2018 and interviews are yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference RD15864 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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