Cambridge Cancer Centre Blood Processing Chief Laboratory Technician

University of Cambridge - Department of Oncology

Applications are invited for a full-time Chief Laboratory Technician who will be based in the Blood processing lab (BPL) a facility primarily focused on processing cancer patient blood samples for isolation of plasma, circulating tumour cells and lymphocytes. BPL works in close collaboration with the Cancer molecular diagnostics laboratory (CMDL) aimed to translate cutting edge methods for advanced diagnosis and clinical management of cancer at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre.

Following the successful major centre funding award from Cancer Research UK the new integrative cancer medicine theme will bring together knowledge, expertise and emerging technologies to establish a personalised cancer medicine strategy that diagnoses cancer early and individually stratifies, treats and monitors all patients (

We are seeking a Chief Laboratory Technician to join our research team. The role requires providing laboratory management at the Cambridge Cancer Centre Blood Processing Laboratory (CCC-BPL), currently located at the Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit (CBCRU). The Chief Laboratory Technician will be expected to manage the CCC-BPL as a facility primarily focussed on processing cancer patient blood samples for isolation of plasma, circulating tumour cells and lymphocytes. The role will also provide leadership for the expansion of the laboratory as a central plasma and cancer cell/blood cell processing facility, to further enhance the service offered for research. Some flexibility in working hours may be required. 

The CCC-BPL team is currently formed of 2 Laboratory Assistants (1.5 FTE) that will be managed by the post holder, who will also be expected to actively participate in recruitment processes for new positions.

The funds for this post are available until 31st March 2019 in the first instance.

Informal enquiries may be made to Mikel Valganon by e-mail on

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2019 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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 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 receipt of applications is 28th January 2018 with interview dates yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RD14376 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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