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Senior Laboratories Manager (Internal Applicants Only)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Senior Laboratories Manager to manage and supervise both the BioRepository and MRC Core laboratory teams. 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 Senior Laboratories Manager will report directly to the Head of Research Operations, and will be the first point of contact for any sample processing matters within the Unit, leading collaborations and communication with the in internal and external PIs, scientists and study coordinators who are the custodians of clinical samples. Working closely with the Sample Management, Data Management and Study Coordination teams, they will provide the leadership and technical direction to develop and execute a long-term laboratory strategy for the Unit.

They will lead the delivery of high standard customer-focused services, and will oversee the implementation and validations of new high-throughput methods for the processing of clinical samples. They will advise on in-house versus outsourced work to ensure value for money for the Unit, whilst guaranteeing the safe and timely delivery of the projects to the highest quality standards. They expertise will cover a wide breath of laboratory skills including high-throughput sample processing, clinical biochemistry and running advanced automated laboratory equipment for biomarker and genetic research. The Senior Laboratories Manager will ensure that all systems and processes are safe and in line with the research and research governance best practices, including the Human Tissue Authority Standards for research premises.

The successful candidates will be educated to degree level in a scientific subject or have equivalent practical experience. Applicants will have extensive laboratory management experience in a clinical environment. Experience in project and budget management, and expertise in biomarker measurements, liquid handler programming and the use of LIMS are required, whilst experience with working in a HTA licenced facilities is 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 laboratory expertise and sample processing across the Unit. You will also advise on in-house versus outsourced work, working closely with third-party providers and external collaborators when necessary.

The role represents an excellent opportunity to be part of the Unit and 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.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Louise Aigrain (

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

The closing date is the 5th of February 2023.

The interview date is to be confirmed.

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

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and a 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.

Please quote reference SJ35068 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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