Nutritional Biochemistry Senior Analyst / Laboratory Manager (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Epidemiology Unit

Applications are invited for the post of Nutritional Biochemistry Senior Analyst / Laboratory Manager to play a key role in 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 role is responsible for the set up and establishment of the day-to-day work relating to biochemical measurements of nutritional biomarkers, using ELISA, fluorescence or enzymatic assays. The scale of work is significant both in terms of infrastructure, scientific resources and laboratory activity, providing nutritional biomarker analysis for studies, surveys, natural experiments and trials within the department and beyond. The post holder will be responsible for establishing and maintaining high quality nutritional biomarker biochemical analysis, with a maximum emphasis on quality assurance and data continuity, while striving to keep methods state-of-the-art. Initially the 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 role has a requirement of carrying out practical work in the laboratory for at least 50% of the time. 

The post holder will set up the assay methods, implement and validate new methods, troubleshoot and resolve problems in the biochemical analyses, prepare technical reports and contribute to publications using nutritional biomarkers. The post holder will plan and schedule projects, which may run concurrently, to meet customer deadlines, advise on and negotiate timelines where necessary. They will also contribute to the setup of quality assurance and control processes focussed 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 degree (or equivalent) or higher qualification in relevant subject (preferably in Life Sciences). Applicants will have proven skills in development, validation or application of routine analytical methods based on clinical/nutritional biochemistry and laboratory experience in clinical or nutritional biomarker analysis.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Albert Koulman (ak675@medschl.cam.ac.uk or 01223 763202). Queries about the application process can be directed to Jenny Hunt, HR Coordinator (HR@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk or 01223 769115).

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16011. 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 Monday 1st January 2018, with interviews likely to take place on 17th or 25th January 2018.

Please quote reference SJ14230 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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