Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is offering Postdoc position. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is September 27, 2018.

A research assistant position has become available to aid the running of the busy, expanding shared laboratory resource in the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub. The role is based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in E6 (with rotations in the new building in 2019). The BRC Cell Phenotyping Hub is a science technology platform providing services in cytomics in the Clinical School and across Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It is equipped with state-of-the-art-specialist cytomics equipment including multiple sorters and analysers, magnetic separator, two confocal and an epifluorescence microscope, laser capture microscope, high content array scan and other kits.

We are looking for a highly motivated and proactive individual to support multiple laboratory routine techniques. Daily tasks will include flow sorting, magnetic cell separation, RNA isolation, cell processing, phenotyping and at a later stage other molecular and cell biology techniques. It is a fully integrated Hub role with varied research and service responsibilities. The role holder will be supporting different teams working on various research projects, thereby making a significant contribution to translational biomedical research at University of Cambridge, with particular focus on sorting and phenotyping for a new clinical translational project requiring downstream cell sorting transcriptome analysis. The role holder may be providing some focused support to a research fellow, analyst and/or group leader in the Phenotyping Hub. In addition, the role holder will undertake tasks of supporting the operations through general laboratory, administrative, record keeping and maintenance duties as well as through a contribution to training and teaching.

The successful candidate must have hands-on experience in cytometry, cell separation (FACS and MACS, imaging, high content/ throughput analysis) and in tissue culture and cell, immunological and molecular methods. Sorting experience is a distinct advantage but full training will be given to a successful candidate. Experience of operating complex biomedical equipment, the ability or aptitude to learn advanced technologies and troubleshoot problems as well as team ability, 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 frequent late shift work and occasional weekend work. They will have a qualification in a relevant scientific subject and have experience of scientific work in biomedical laboratory and be cleared (or be prepared to) for working with human blood and tissue.

The position is available immediately. Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged and can be made to Director of Operations (, Anna Petrunkina Harrison.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Interview Date is likely to be week commencing the 8th October 2018.

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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


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