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Sample Facilities Manager (Internal Applicants only)


The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Sample Facilities Manager to manage and supervise the entire Unit's sample storage facilities on the Addenbrooke's campus and at the Cambridge Research Park in Waterbeach. The Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine, and its research focuses on understanding the causes and helping to prevent obesity, diabetes and other associated metabolic disorders.

The Sample Facilities Manager will report directly to the Head of Research Operations and will lead a small team of research assistants and laboratory technicians. The Unit's storage facilities holds ~2M clinical samples originating from the Unit's large-scale observational studies and research trials collected during the last 25 years, as well as samples from external studies stored within the BioRepository HTA licenced facility. The role holder will lead the delivery of high standard customer-focused services, which includes the storage of this wide range of clinical sample types, high-throughput sample cherry-picking, data acquisition within LIMS, as well as equipment and facilities management. They will be the first point of contact for any sample retrieval and new sample storage request from internal and external costumers, and they will lead collaborations and communication with internal and external PIs, scientists and study coordinators who are the custodians of clinical samples originating from more 60 different clinical studies and trials.

The Sample Facilities Manager will ensure that all systems and process are safe and in line with the University's Health and Safety and Research Governance best practices, including the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Standards for research premises. In addition, the role holder will be expected to provide project reports for different study teams and performance analysis of services and equipment, they will also scope for any novel technology relevant to the Unit's science and associated instrument upgrades or new acquisition. One of their main responsibility will be to oversee the installation of new Nordic System that will replace the current 50 conventional -80°C freezers at the Cambridge Research Park facility. They will supervise the transfer of more than 1.5M samples and implement with their team a rigorous system to ensure that these are correctly registered and tracked in LIMS.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in a scientific subject or have equivalent practical experience. Applicants will have significant laboratory management skills in a clinical environment. Expertise in liquid handler programming and in LIMS use are required, whilst experience with working in a HTA licenced facility, and project and budget management skills are desirable. You will demonstrate collaborative and influencing skills to lead and develop your team, and work effectively with other functional and academic groups. You will design with the Head of Research Operations and be responsible for the implementation of a long-term strategy regarding the Unit's storage facilities.

The role represents an excellent opportunity participate to the Unit's effort to generate evidences to inform public health action. You and your team will be able to work with leading University specialists and be part of a dynamic and collaborative working environment.

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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If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Louise Aigrain (louise.aigrain@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk). Closing date is 29 January 2023, interview date to be confirmed.

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: 5th February 2023 Interview Date: To be confirmed

Please quote reference SJ35062 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.

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