In 2013, Europe’s top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world-class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus in Cambridge. The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute is a department of Cambridge University. It has the specific goal to harness the scientific strengths of Cambridge to solve problems encountered with the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of cancer.

Applications are invited for a CRUK-funded Research Assistant position based in the Research Instrumentation and Cell Services core facility (RICS) at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. RICS is one of 14 core facilities aimed at supporting the research undertaken by 22 world-class research groups at the Institute. The facility provides access and scientific/technical support for a range of state-of-the-art cell/molecular biology equipment and technologies as well as specialised cell services. It also provides access, tracking and storage of cell lines together with routine cell culture quality control testing for all research and core facility groups.

The post holder will be working as part of a small team to contribute to delivery of the high level of service provided by RICS. The role will principally involve:

  • Providing simple access to, storage, tracking and risk management of cell lines and any other valuable research material.
  • Providing expertise, troubleshooting and training in all aspects of cell and tissue culture.
  • Providing operational and safety training to users of the liquid nitrogen cryofacility.
  • Researching, developing and introducing relevant cell-based resources.
  • Offering a comprehensive mycoplasma testing service, and human and mouse cell line authentication services.
  • Providing support for four real time live cell imaging instruments, as well as a range of other research equipment.

In order to provide the services, the role holder will employ a variety of laboratory techniques including cell culture, PCR and ELISA, and will be required to collect, analyse and interpret data. The role holder will be line managed by the Research Instrumentation and Cell Services Senior Scientific Associate.

Applicants should have a BSc/MSc in a relevant field scientific discipline or have equivalent experience in a relevant scientific discipline and have experience of working within a research laboratory, research core, or similar environment. Practical mammalian cell culture experience and good basic laboratory skills are essential.
You will be conscientious and have excellent customer service skills, with the ability to interact and liaise with both internal and external personnel. You will be IT literate, have good organisational skills, and have the confidence to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of allocated tasks.

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

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.

The closing date is 20th January 2019, with the interview date to be confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 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 SW17691 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Instrumentation and Cell Services
17 Dec 2018
20 Jan 2019