Senior Nutritional Biomarker Specialist (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Epidemiology Unit

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Nutritional Biomarker Specialist to play a key role in establishing a new Nutritional Biomarker Laboratory (NBL) focused on the development and application of methods for nutritional biomarker analysis. The NBL is part of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

This post is part of a new research theme funded through the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) which aims to investigate the role that dietary, nutritional and lifestyle factors have in the causes of life-long diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease and, in doing so, provide evidence for preventative action.  The theme involves setting up a co-ordinated platform for the measurement of diet, physical activity and nutrition to provide expertise and capacity in this specialist area which will support multiple research groups working in the UK and internationally.

The post holder will be responsible for the set up and running of the nutritional biomarker platforms for studies, surveys, natural experiments and trials. The role will give the opportunity to establish a new analytical team that will be responsible for the day-to-day routine analyses and associated method development. The post holder will be responsible for establishing and maintaining high quality nutritional biomarker analysis using HPLC, LC-MS/MS and nutritional biochemical methods.

The initial focus will be on establishing the nutritional biomarker measurements of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme (NDNS RP), which will require transfer of relevant methods from the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory to the NBL on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The post holder will recommend assay methods, lead implementation, troubleshoot and resolve problems in a wide range of specialist nutritional biomarker analysis (by HPLC, LC-MS/MS and nutritional biochemistry), interact with sub-contracting laboratories for (non)-nutritional biomarker analyses that are integral to customer requirements, prepare substantive technical reports and contribute to publications using nutritional biomarkers. They will coordinate the workload of the NBL, plan and schedule multiple projects to meet customer deadlines, advise on and negotiate timelines where necessary. They will also set up quality assurance and control processes focused on the medical laboratory accreditation (ISO 15189) standards to provide customers and wider stakeholders with the necessary assurance on the quality of measurement within the NBL.

Alongside a competitive salary, University staff are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits and services include discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

The successful candidate will have a qualification in analytical, bioanalytical or related science.  A higher degree/PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant specialist subject area is desirable. Applicants will have proven skills in development, validation and application of routine analytical methods based on HPLC, LC-MS/MS or clinical/nutritional biochemistry and a track record in clinical or nutritional biomarker analysis.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Albert Koulman ( or 01223 763202). Queries about the application process can be directed to Jenny Hunt, HR Coordinator ( or 01223 769115).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2023 in the first instance.

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.

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 1st of January 2018 and interviews will likely be held on 17th or 25th January 2018.

Please quote reference SJ14213 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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