Job Details
Closing Date: 2019-05-23
Institution: University of Cambridge
Term: until 31 August 2020
Keyword Names: Core/Shared Resource Laboratory, Technologist
Salary: £28,660-£34,189
Line 1: University of Cambridge
City: Cambridge
Country: United Kingdom

Job Description

Technologist x2

Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK

In anticipation of its expansion and establishing a new site in a brand new custom built facility, the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Cell Phenotyping Hub is recruiting two new flow cytometrist posts to support the busy, expanding research technology platform based at Addenbrooke's Hospital. The Hub platform currently provides cytomics services to the Clinical School and across the biomedical campus.

The post-holders will play a crucial role in supporting the BRC Hub Director to expand the Campus-wide research services to scientists of the Clinical School, associated Departments and to the groups moving into the new purpose-built research facility including the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( and the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases ( The main responsibilities of the role are: perform cell sorting experiments; oversee the cellomics equipment and assist scientists in cellomics or phenotyping experiments, operate equipment; conduct technical diagnosis; troubleshoot and repair instruments; deliver preventive maintenance; collaborate with the facility users; help to interpret results and improve experiments and maximise the research capacity of equipment; train and advise users on adequate use of the machines; train internal Hub staff and assist the Hub Director in efficient and smooth general laboratory organization by operating core facilities in BRC Phenotyping Hub and covering for other Hub services.

  • The post-holder will have a degree or comparable experience (e.g., a graduate level degree in cell biology or immunology with extensive flow cytometry experience) and in a relevant technology, or in physics or engineering related subject, a broad understanding of cell biology and a proven track record of experience working with sophisticated biomedical laboratory equipment in industry or academia.
  • You must have broad practical experience in phenotyping and cytometry (preferably but not exclusively Becton Dickinson instruments), other complex equipment, ideally optics-based such as imaging, high content/high throughput analysis, and be prepared to expand your knowledge for working with diverse equipment and cell biological methods.
  • The Technologist role will be a suitably experienced and qualified candidate who has extensive experience in flow cytometry and troubleshooting with prior experience in sorter operation as a major operator being a key asset (especially jet-in-air sorters).
  • This post-holder would also expect to have a record of operating complex biomedical research equipment, co-ordination experience, the ability or aptitude to learn advanced technologies and troubleshoot problems, excellent people and communication skills and a flexible approach to work in a team environment with the required minimum level of skills diagnosing/ troubleshooting/repairing equipment, track record of writing SOP and validation protocols.
  • The post will require work with human blood and tissue and will require health and safety clearance to undertake such work.
  • The post holders will report either to Principal Technologist (Phenoptyping role) or to Senior Technologist (Cellomics/Cytomics role).

Informal enquiries regarding both positions are strongly encouraged and should be made to the Director of Operations, Anna Petrunkina Harrison (

The lab operates late/night shifts for clinical scientific service according to rota (covering 8am -11 pm) and therefore operational requirements will include some non-standard working hours and infrequent weekend work.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2020 in the first instance.

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

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Closing Date - 23rd May 2019

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager

Please quote reference RC18909 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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