Technologist - Fixed Term

University of Cambridge - Department of Medicine

In anticipation of its expansion and establishing a new site in a brand new custom built facility, the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub is recruiting two new flow cytometrist posts to support the busy, expanding research technology platform based at Addenbrooke's Hospital. The Hub platform currently provides cytomics services to the Clinical School and across the biomedical campus.

The post-holders will play a crucial role in supporting the BRC Hub Director to expand the Campus-wide research services to scientists of the Clinical School, associated Departments and to the groups moving into the new purpose-built research facility including the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( and the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (  The main responsibilities of the role are: perform cell sorting experiments; operate complex equipment; conduct technical diagnosis; troubleshoot and repair instruments; deliver preventive maintenance services; collaborate with the facility users; help to interpret results and improve experiments as well as maximise the research capacity of equipment; train and advice users on adequate use of the machines; train internal Hub staff and assist the Hub Director in efficient and smooth general laboratory organization by operating core facilities in BRC Phenotyping Hub and covering for other services in case of short-staffing.

The post-holder will have a degree or comparable experience (e.g., a graduate level degree in cell biology or immunology with extensive flow cytometry experience) and in a relevant technology, or in physics or engineering related subject, a broad understanding of cell biology and a proven track record of experience working with sophisticated biomedical laboratory equipment in industry or academia. You must have broad practical experience in cytometry (preferably but not exclusively Becton Dickinson instruments), other complex equipment, ideally optics-based such as imaging, high content/high throughput analysis, and be prepared to expand your knowledge for working with diverse equipment and cell biological methods.  The Technologist role will be a suitably experienced and qualified candidate who has extensive experience in flow cytometry and troubleshooting with prior experience in sorter operation as a major operator being a key asset (especially jet-in-air sorters).  This post-holder would also expect to have a record of operating complex biomedical research equipment, co-ordination experience, the ability or aptitude to learn advanced technologies and troubleshoot problems, excellent people and communication skills and a flexible approach to work in a team environment with the required minimum level of skills diagnosing/ troubleshooting/repairing equipment, track record of writing SOP and validation protocols. The post will require work with human blood and tissue and will require health and safety clearance to undertake such work.

Informal enquiries regarding both positions are strongly encouraged and should be made to the Director of Operations, Dr Anna Petrunkina Harrison (

The lab operates late/night shifts for clinical scientific service according to rota (covering 8am -11 pm) and therefore operational requirements will include some non-standard working hours and infrequent weekend work.

Fixed-term: The funds both posts are available until 31 May 2020 in first instance.

There are two vacancies in the Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub and this role may be of interest also 

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