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Research Laboratory Manager (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2019
Closes: 24th November 2019
Job Ref: RH21423

We seek an experienced Research Laboratory Manager with extensive project management experience to join the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU) to lead the Laboratory Management team.  

The CEU recruits many tens of thousands of participants to its large-scale international studies. Biological samples are collected as part of these studies and the Unit now holds >1.5 million samples across its portfolio of bio-resources, with this number expected to triple over the next 3 years. Innovative biological assays are conducted at scale on samples from participants in these studies (e.g. whole genome sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics), with the aim of better understanding disease aetiology. Notable examples of studies conducted by the CEU include the 50,000 participant INTERVAL study of English blood donors (, the 30,000 participant COMPARE study of English blood donors (, the BELIEVE study of up to 150,000 Bangladeshis and the MAVERIK and BRAVE studies of acute vascular events in Malaysia and Bangladesh respectively. The CEU just embarked on STRIDES, another major study that will involve all blood donors across England over three years and a subset of these (250,000) will be asked to provide additional biological samples. 

The post-holder will be responsible for: (i) management of the biological assays pipelines; (ii) provide support and advice to researcher on biological sample collections; (iv) sourcing and managing novel biological assay pipelines and; (v) management of laboratory budgets, equipment and consumables; (vi) management, maintaining and running of the CEU laboratory; (vii) supervision of the lab technician and coordinator. 

The post-holder will be expected to have: (i) a degree in a relevant scientific discipline/level 6 vocational qualification or an equivalent level of practical experience.; (ii) extensive laboratory management experience; (iii) experience of working with human tissues samples; (iv) experience of managing a large sample repository and: (v) outstanding organisational and interpersonal skills. 

The funds for these posts are available until 31st March 2022. 

Location - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Ank Michielsen ( 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing date: 24 November 2019 

Interview Date: w/c 2nd December 2019 

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role.  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. 

Please quote reference RH21423 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

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