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Research Assistant x2 (Cytomics/Phenotyping) (Fixed Term)

Two research assistant positions have become available to aid the running of the busy, expanding shared laboratory resource in the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub. Both roles are initially based at Addenbrooke's Hospital in E6 (with anticipated transfer of one of the posts to the new building in 2018). 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 individuals to support multiple laboratory routine techniques. 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. It is a fully integrated Hub role with varied research and service responsibilities. 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 transplantation and phenotyping. The role holders may be providing some focused support to a research fellow, analyst and/or group leader in the Transplantation Unit and in the Phenotyping Hub. 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.

The successful candidates 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 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 biomedical laboratory and be cleared (or be prepared to) for working with human blood and tissue.

Both positions will be available as of 1st August 2018. Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged and can be made to Director of Operations (, Anna Petrunkina Harrison

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available until 31 October 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 security check.

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

Closing Date: 12th July 2018.

Please quote reference RC15874 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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