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Rare Disease RNA Phenotyping Project Manager (Fixed Term)

NIHR BioResource for Translational Research (NIHR BioResource) is seeking a Project Manager for our Rare Disease RNA Phenotyping Project, to manage and provide technical and practical leadership for a research project in order to support NIHR BioResource Rare Disease genetic research.

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website:

The role will be responsible for the setup of new pipelines for recall, logistics and same day sample preparation nationally and outsourcing of sequencing or other 'omic' techniques. The role will require communication with a wide range of users; all teams within NIHR BioResource (recruitment, samples and informatics), national rare disease leads, bioinformaticians and service providers.

Candidates should have experience that is relevant to the post, including a thorough knowledge of scientific and technical aspects of the role as well as experience of running a laboratory particularly for blood cell isolation or sample preparation for sequencing and project management, and ideally be educated to degree level in a relevant subject. See the Further Particulars link below for full details and Person Specification. This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week.

NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a 5 year funding cycle. The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance. Due to the impact of COVID-19, an interim extension to this current funding may be granted. A further 5 years of NIHR funding will be dependent on our successful application for renewal.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). Work - life balance is important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including an element of home working.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Kathy Stirrups, Head of Sample Management at or on 01223 748000.

The closing date is 10 December 2020 with interview on the week commencing 4 January 2021.

Please quote reference RB24701 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Further information

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