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Research Laboratory Manager NIHR BioResource for Translational Research [Temporary Cover]

Do you have great laboratory management and organisational skills? Interested in a role which is contributing to changing lives for the better? Looking for your next challenge?

We are recruiting a temporary Research Laboratory Manager who can manage the main laboratory and oversee the satellite labs. You will need to be able to contribute to research and service planning as well as having experience of writing research protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to succeed in this role.

About NIHR BioResource:

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 here:

About the job:

The laboratory is currently managing two service-based projects. The Rare Disease RNA Phenotyping project is an extension of the NIHR BioResource Rare Disease WGS project using tissue specific bulk RNA seq, 10X and proteomics technologies to provide clinical benefit through diagnosis or development of new treatments and to enrich the current dataset across multiple rare diseases. The Long Read Sequencing project will provide Oxford Nanopore technology sequencing across many of the BioResource themes supporting fundamental genetic research through provision of a UK population based long read seq resource and also more focused research in the Rare Disease, Dementia and Mental Health themes.

Reporting to the Rare Disease RNA Phenotyping Project Manager, the role holder will manage the setup and overall running of the main laboratory in Cambridge. This includes sample processing, ordering, health and safety, and the line management of the laboratory technicians.

About you:

Ideally you will have:

  • Specialised laboratory techniques and equipment knowledge
  • Laboratory and line management experience
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise workload across the team

What we offer:

The University offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, family friendly policies, an attractive pension scheme (employer's contribution is 21.6%).and 41 days' annual holiday (including public holidays). We encourage career development by providing extensive training & development opportunities.

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week; part-time to 80% will be considered. Work life balance is important, and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including hybrid working.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

We encourage informal queries about the job or the application process - please contact Dr Kathy Stirrups, Head of Samples,

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

This appointment 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.

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.

The closing date for applications is: 11th June 2023

The interview date for the role is: 21st June 2023

Please quote reference RB36650 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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