Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Pharmacokinetics/Bioanalytics Core Facility

In 2013, Europe's top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

As part of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, the Institute's research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. The Institute currently houses over 350 researchers and support staff with 22 research groups and associated core facilities in a state-of-the-art research facility.

The Pharmacokinetics/Bioanalytics Core Facility (PK/B) offers a diverse analytical service for the quantification of small molecules to a wide range of research and clinical based projects. We are a small team with a range of analytical skills and backgrounds.

We are looking for a highly motivated Research Assistant to join our team and contribute to the achievements of the PK/B Core Facility.  The role will involve the development, validation and execution of quantitative liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry methods of small molecules.

You will be an experienced, motivated and focussed individual capable of working independently.  You will be expected to focus on the development and validation of bioanalytical assays according to the relevant regulatory guidelines, and the application of these methods to routine analysis of samples from pre-clinical and clinical studies.

You will have the opportunity to work under your own initiative and apply your excellent problem solving skills to troubleshoot challenging technical issues as well as liaising directly with the research scientists. You will be continually exposed to a diverse range of new projects, interacting and advising our users applying your analytical skills.

Applicants will ideally have a degree (or equivalent) in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biology with an analytical component and experience of working in a laboratory.  Ideally you will have advanced knowledge and experience of HPLC/LC/MS and isolation of small molecules from complex biological matrices.  Experience of working to regulatory guidelines (e.g. GMP/GLP/GCP) would be advantageous.

Applicants with less laboratory experience will be considered but may be recruited to a lower grade. You will be highly organised with a flexible and cooperative approach to working and be able to demonstrate broad practical analytical skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Closing date for applications: 26th October 2016

Applications should include a covering letter, summarising interest in and suitability for the role, and a full CV.

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 SW10249 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

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