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Research Assistant - Stable Isotope Laboratory (Fixed Term)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is recruiting a Research Assistant as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Stable Isotope Laboratory. The Stable Isotope Laboratory aims are the development and application of methods for stable isotope analysis. The lab is part of the NIHR BRC Nutritional Biomarker Laboratory led by Dr Albert Koulman and, together with other team members, the goal is to establish the Nutritional Biomarker and Stable Isotope Laboratories as world leading laboratories for the analysis of nutritional biomarkers including stable isotopes.

The post holder will be working on the measurement of body composition, energy expenditure and breast milk intake through the dosage with stable isotopes of water, such as doubly labelled water (DLW) under the direction of the Head of the Stable Isotope Laboratory. Major projects will be the National Diet and Nutrition Survey as well as other projects, studies or trials, within the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre as well as national and international collaborators.

The successful candidate will have a degree (or an equivalent qualification) and proven skills in laboratory methodologies. Experience in analysis and handling of biological samples (e.g. blood, urine) is essential. Ideally, we are looking for an individual with specialist knowledge and skills gained through an extensive period of practical experience and theoretical training in the measurement of total energy expenditure and stable isotope analysis. A flexible approach, good organisational and communication skills, together with a keen eye for detail is essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2022 in the first instance.

The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.

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Please contact Dr Albert Koulman (; +44 (0) 1223 763202) for informal enquiries.

The closing date is 6th December and interviews will likely be held on 16h of December.

Please quote reference SJ24634 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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