Principal Scientific Associate

University of Cambridge
September 24, 2023
Offerd Salary:£40,521-£54,395
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Principal Scientific Associate

The CRUK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) Research Instrumentation and Cell Services (RICS) Core Facility requires a talented deputy manager who will take ownership for delivering exemplary Cell Services to the Institute, providing managerial oversight for our cell line quality control testing services, cryostorage facility and cell culture training programmes as well as expert consultation on cell culture experiments. This is a senior post which give the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the science in our Institute.

The RICS Core Facility provides access to a wide range of high-end laboratory instrumentation and specialised cell services. We support researchers at the Cambridge Institute, as well as many other University Institutes and Departments both locally and nationally.

This role is for the service provision and management of the Cell Services side of the RICS Core. The role holder will interact with a large userbase offering advice and technical expertise on cell culture technique and will be directly responsible for managing the routine Cell Services provided by the Core, three Cell Services laboratories (RICS's tissue culture training room, quarantine tissue culture room and cryostorage facility) and two Cell Services Research Assistant staff. The role holder will also be responsible for developing new Cell Services workflows and techniques to improve services offered, and work collaboratively with users to provide input to experimental design and project strategy.

About you: Educated to PhD level or with equivalent experience in a relevant scientific laboratory, you will have extensive hands-on laboratory experience in a range of cell culture techniques, as well as a good practical knowledge of a broad range of laboratory techniques with the ability to interpret data for quality control and troubleshooting. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with staff at all levels, including those external to the Institute.

You will advise the Core Facility Manager on the latest equipment, applications and best practices, and be capable of deputising as required. You will lead on cell services research and development projects, as well as collaborative beta testing projects with companies as required. You will manage and escalate troubleshooting issues and respond to requests from the most senior Institute or collaboration staff.

This is a management role where you will be directly responsible for the efficient operation of RICS's Cell Services provision, including resource scheduling, laboratory management, and staff management. Extensive experience of CL1 and CL2 tissue culture techniques including primary cell culture and 3D organoid / spheroid work is highly desirable, as is database management. You need to be highly organised with a flexible and cooperative approach to work, work well in a team and can lead and mentor others. You will also be self- motivated and function well in a lightly supervised role.

You will keep up to date with advances in cell culture technique and contribute to production of guideline/technical papers as necessary as well as present at relevant scientific conferences and meetings.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is 24th September 2023

Interviews are expected to be held in October 2023

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, CV and list of publications, 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 quote reference SW38142 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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    Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute








    22 August 2023

    Closing date

    24 September 2023

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