Laboratory Manager [Temporary Cover]

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The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint an experienced Laboratory Manager to play a leading role in supervising the delivery of research support provided by the Unit's BioRepository team.

The BioRepository team provides specialist support for short-term storage, processing and rearraying of clinical samples and delivers high-through put analysis pipelines focused around DNA applications and the measurement of clinical research biomarkers. The state-of-the-art facility is scaled for working with thousands of clinical samples by combining advanced automated liquid handling and ultra-low temperature storage technologies, Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and analytical equipment to deliver biomarker and genetic research using standard operating procedures. The post-holder will be responsible for the operation of the laboratories including building infrastructure and equipment, and the coordination of the teams' workload and project schedule to meet customer requirements, agreed budgets and timelines. They will communicate with scientific staff requiring relevant technical support for project/study designs, and will be the technical expert for the facility, leading the implementation of protocols and preparing project reports for different study teams.

Alongside a competitive salary, University staff are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits and services include discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies with detailed datasets which support a wide range of research from genetics to public health. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

You will hold a degree level (or equivalent) in biological or scientific discipline, and bring a proven expertise in the management of a laboratory dealing with high-throughput clinical sample storage and processing for DNA and biomarkers applications. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, and the ability to build and maintain good working relationships with stakeholders, customers, and team members. Programming skill for automated liquid handling platforms is desirable. Occasional weekend work might be required.

Please contact Dr Louise Aigrain ( for informal enquiries.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier. There is a possibility the role could be extended past one year.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check. Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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.

Closing date: 3rd July 2022

Interview date: likely to be 14th July 2022

Please quote reference SJ31707 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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