Research Associate in Human Immunology
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Postdoctoral scientist to manage the establishment of a state-of-the-art immunology platform focused on monitoring human immunity.

With knowledge of flow cytometry and related techniques, you will be the key point of contact for users of a new cell profiling service that will enable researchers to characterise and monitor human immune responses in health and disease. Working directly with researchers wishing to use the service, you will provide expert advice on issues such as design of immunophenotyping panels, flow cytometry, and data analysis. You will also implement new assays to characterise human immunity and responses to immune challenges. Coordinating with the management, technical leadership and operational team of the NIHR Cambridge BRC Cell Phenotyping Hub, whose facilities and existing services the platform will utilise and complement, you will work to ensure the orchestrated and seamless delivery of services across both the Phenotyping Hub and the new immunology platform. A key part of your role will be to introduce a comprehensive quality assurance framework to guarantee the quality of the services that the immunology platform provides.

In addition to a strong background in immunology, including a PhD in a relevant field, the ideal candidate will be experienced in assay development and trouble-shooting, with meticulous attention to detail. A proven track record (for example having worked in a GCP-accredited laboratory) or qualification in establishing and implementing quality assurance processes, would be an advantage. The role-holder will be based in the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CITIID), part of the Department of Medicine, but will work in close association with staff in the Cell Phenotyping Hub, reporting jointly to an academic lead and the Principal Scientist (Phenotyping), within the Hub. Thus, the ability to work collaboratively, and to be able to engage with researchers in both academia and industry, is necessary.

Informal enquiries regarding this position are strongly encouraged and should be made in the first instance to Dr Nicholas Horrocks (nh415@cam.ac.uk), Scientific Research Project Manager, CITIID.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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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 RC28909 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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