Research Assistant in Fixed Term in the Department of Medicine
University of Cambridge, Department of Medicine
United Kingdom

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

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 and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Closing date: 21st August 2019

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application.

Please quote reference RC19233 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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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