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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Laboratory Technician.

This position will be based in the Unit's Sample Management Team. The primary role of this post is to perform sample auditing, re-organising, re-arraying, re-labelling and data import (to spreadsheets and LIMS) to be done at the Unit's Sample Storage Facility at Cambridge Research Park (Waterbeach), and labs at Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus. Samples are stored in ultra-low temperature freezers and liquid nitrogen tanks. It will be the responsibility of the post holder to assist in the storage and retrieval of samples from these vessels. The work will support a new sample collection phase of the Fenland Study along with the development of a new -80°C sample storage system. There is also a requirement to transport frozen biological samples between sites using the Unit`s van. Further responsibilities would include reviewing of SOPs and risk assessments, occasional weekend and evening work, being on the on-call rota for freezer alarms and participating in the general running of the labs and sample storage facility.

Alongside a competitive salary, University staff are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits and services include discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies with detailed datasets allowing a wide range of research from genetics to public health. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

The successful candidate must have an HNC or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, strong organisational skills, a good team spirit and experience of handling biological samples. A full UK driving licence is essential and access to car would be preferable due to their being occasional weekend and evening work and being on the on-call rota for freezer alarms

Please contact Steven Knighton (; 07766 178870) for informal enquiries.

The closing date is 12th February 2023 and interviews will likely be held week commencing 20th February 2023.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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