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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Medicine

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £27,929 to £32,348
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th November 2022
Closes: 11th December 2022
Job Ref: RC34398

We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant to undertake cell processing and phenotyping in the NIHR Cambridge BRC Cell Phenotyping Hub. The Hub provides state-of-the-art resources and high-quality scientific, educational, and technological cytomics services to researchers on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. These services include cell and tissue processing, cell sorting, cell analysis, cell and tissue imaging, and cell phenotyping.

The successful applicant will join a motivated team who are making a significant contribution to translational biomedical research at the University of Cambridge. You will provide technical support and service to the PROTECT-V trial, a nationally prioritised pre-exposure prophylaxis platform trial for individuals at risk of COVID-19 infection. The role will support a study of the human monoclonal antibody sotrovimab, as pre-exposure prophylactic treatment against SARS CoV-2 in vulnerable individuals with sub-optimal COVID-19 vaccination responses. The work will involve extensive cell processing, but with the exciting opportunity to gain in-depth experience in phenotyping and cytomics. The role holder will also support the daily work of the phenotyping hub.

The ideal candidate should have experience in cellular, immunological and molecular methods. They will have a qualification (BSc level or equivalent) in a relevant scientific subject and ideally have experience of scientific work in a biomedical laboratory (preferably in CL2 laboratories) and be (willing to be) cleared for working with human blood and tissue. Experience in providing service to other teams is a plus. Hands-on-experience of cell processing, cytometry and sorting is advantageous but training will be provided. The ability to learn advanced technologies, operate complex biomedical equipment and trouble-shoot problems, as well as team ability, a flexible approach to work and readiness to work to the lab operational pattern are essential criteria. The lab operates late/night shifts for clinical scientific service according to rota (covering 8am -11 pm) and the post will require regular late shift work, as well as some occasional weekend work (with time off in lieu).

Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged: contact Dr Nicholas Horrocks (nh415@cam.ac.uk), Scientific Research Project Manager, CITIID.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. 

Closing Date: 2nd January 2023

Interview Date: TBC

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV 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 RC34398 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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