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Scientific Personal Assistant (Fixed Term)

Our lab ( integrates machine learning and high-throughput biochemistry to study how proteins selectively recognise their substrates, how this process is perturbed in cancer and how it can be hijacked to find highly selective and mutant-specific drugs to overcome drug resistance. Our laboratory is at the CRUK Cambridge Institute, a unique department of the University of Cambridge, core funded by Cancer Research UK's charitable activities, and we're eagerly searching for our new Scientific Personal Assistant (Research Administrator).

As a relatively new lab, we are particularly interested in candidates who will be highly motivated, share our lab values (, and help us maintain and continue our positive lab culture. In your role, you will work together with the Junior Group Leader and the rest of our expanding, inter-disciplinary research team by, paraphrasing Stephen Covey, "scheduling our laboratory priorities", instead of prioritising what is on our schedules.

The successful candidate will act as a personal assistant, providing comprehensive personal and laboratory administration. They will provide recruitment facilitation and financial management, while routinely liaising with many internal and external contacts, including those in the University, our scientific collaborators, and invited speakers (e.g., for the 'Quantitative Biology Seminar (QBS) series').

As the role will also require coordination with everyone in our lab, as well as others in our Institute and beyond, you should be able to work independently, while also able to collaborate with from others. You will benefit from the support of other experienced administrators in the Institute, who will be able to further enhance your professional development.

Our institute links the laboratory to the clinic, carrying out cancer research of direct relevance to patients. Our mission is to tackle the most difficult problems in cancer and improve patient outcomes. Our science holds the solution.

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 basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

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 SW41394 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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