Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Medicine

A research assistant position has become available to aid the running of the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub, busy, expanding shared laboratory resource based at Addenbrooke's Hospital in E6. The BRC Cell Phenotyping Hub is a science technology platform providing services in cell phenotyping in the Clinical School and across Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It is equipped with state-of-the-art-specialist cytomics equipment including multiple sorters analysers, high content array scan and other imaging kits.

We are looking for a highly motivated and proactive individual to aid in delivery of the phenotyping services. Daily tasks will include flow sorting, magnetic cell separation, RNA isolation, cell processing, phenotyping and at a later stage other molecular and cell biology techniques and data analysis. In addition, the role holder will undertake tasks of supporting general Hub operations through smooth contribution to laboratory, administrative, record keeping and maintenance duties, training and teaching activities.

The role holder will be providing some focused research support in sample logistics/management to a Principal Investigator (Dr. Frank Waldron-Lynch, Experimental Medicine and Immunotherapeutics) and to the Group Leader in the Phenotyping Hub. The post holder will assist in the analysis of novel clinical trials to evaluate potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of type 1 diabetes (

The successful candidate must have hands-on experience in cytometry, cell separation (FACS and MACS) imaging), tissue culture and other cell and molecular methods. A qualification in a relevant scientific subject, experience of scientific work in biomedical laboratory and readiness to work with human blood and tissue is required. Experience of operating and troubleshooting complex biomedical equipment, as well as team ability, flexible approach to work and readiness to work to the lab operational pattern are essential criteria. The lab operates late/night shifts for clinical service according to rota covering 8am -11 pm and the post will require frequent late shift work and occasional weekend work. 

The position is available immediately and could be suitable as a secondment. Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged and can be made to Director of Operations (, Anna Petrunkina Harrison.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2017 in the first instance.

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

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Closing date for applications is Monday 12th December 2016

Interviews are likely to take place Monday 19th December 2016

Please quote reference RC10820 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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