Flow Cytometry Technician

Job Details
Closing Date: 2019-05-24
Institution: University of Cambridge
Keyword Names: Core/Shared Resource Laboratory, Technician/Technical
Salary: £26,243-£30,395
Line 1: University of Cambridge
City: Cambridge
Country: United Kingdom

Job Description

Flow Cytometry Technician

School of Biological Sciences Flow Cytometry Facility, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK

We are seeking a Flow Cytometry Assistant for the School of Biological Sciences Flow Cytometry Facility, housed at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.

The Flow Cytometry Facility comprises three recently refurbished rooms within the Department of Pathology on Tennis Court Road in central Cambridge and currently includes three analysers (Cytek Aurora, Attune NxT and Cytek DxP8) and three cell sorters (MoFlo Astrios, Aria III and Aria IIu). In addition to the Department of Pathology, users from the Departments of Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Plant Sciences and the Gurdon Institute use this central core facility.

The postholder will ideally have experience operating both cell sorters and analysers, but training will be provided. The postholder will operate the cell sorters on behalf of the end users and will help train users to operate the flow analysers. Some experience with flow data analysis, data management and electronic booking systems would be an advantage.

The postholder will report to the Flow Cytometry Manager (Joana Cerveira).

Benefits include the opportunity to work with world-leading scientists the University of Cambridge and to help the Facility to thrive and grow to meet the demand for its services.

Informal enquires about the position can be made to Joana Cerveira (jf651@cam.ac.uk).

Selection Criteria


  • College or University Degree in a Biological science or other relevant science
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively with end users and manage bookings
  • Ability to work in a Containment Level 2 lab


  • Previous experience working with flow cytometry (either as a research scientist or as a facility assistant)
  • Working knowledge of Immunology

Job description

  1. Providing an operator service for the labs cell sorters
  2. The postholder will run experiments allocated by the flow cytometry manager for the users of the facility
  3. Equipment maintenance so that all machines are available and functioning including running QC procedures
  4. Routine maintenance of the flow facility
  5. The postholder will help in the weekly instrument cleaning rota and maintenance
  6. Be able to troubleshoot instruments
  7. The postholder is expected to help users that encounter any problems while running their experiments
  8. Training of users on analysers
  9. The postholder will be training new users that request access to the analysers - includes explaining the theory of using a flow cytometer and perform practical demonstrations of the instruments
  10. Working with the flow cytometry community within the Research Campus including collaborating with research groups and companies
  11. Other duties deemed appropriate by the Flow Cytometry Manager

Any enquiries relating to the application process please contact Jodi Smith - hr@path.cam.ac.uk