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Current Vacancies:


- Laboratory Technician - Tissue Culture and Media Kitchen

£18,009-£20,130, Reference PU27484, Closing date 12 August 2021

Main aspects of the role include:

- Collection of used glassware from laboratories. Cleaning and sterilising glassware and ensuring adequate supplies are available for    use.


- Collection and disposal of bagged general, biological, and chemical waste, including use of autoclaves.


- Maintaining levels of Tissue Culture consumables. Advising Supervisor of consumables requirements, equipment failures or issues and use the University procurement system to order consumables as required.


- Preparing media/buffer solutions to standard recipes and provision of laboratory consumables such as sterile pipettes tips.


- Preparation of Tissue Culture media additives using aseptic techniques.


- Performing regular cleaning of Tissue Culture rooms and equipment.


- Providing cover for colleagues and performing other duties appropriate to the role as required.


You will have good communication and interpersonal skills, be well organised and a reliable team player. You should be educated to GSCE level, level 2 vocational qualification, or have equivalent level of practical experience. Experience of working in a similar role is desirable together with a basic knowledge of laboratory practices.



- Finance Co-ordinator

£26,176-£34,804, Reference PU27374, Closing date 10 August 2021

The post holder will be a motivated and enthusiastic member of the Operations team, responsible for providing a high level of financial advice to ensure compliance of business and financial objectives.

Your role will be focused on monitoring, processing and recording financial transactions within the Unit. This will include General Ledger, Grants, Fixed Assets, Purchasing and more. You will be the first point of contact for both external and internal queries.

Responsibilities include:

- Preparing annual financial submissions.

- Analysing financial data and providing account management services to the Unit.

- Working with all levels of staff within the Unit to provide an effective financial service, including instructing staff on University financial procedures.

- Managing, assisting and where necessary training an administrator in finance-related admin work.

- Managing research grants.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, you will hold a Financial / Accounting AAT diploma. You will have substantial experience in a senior finance management role in a similar environment with expertise in financial and accounting practice. You will be a confident communicator and be tactful in your dealings with people at all levels. You will possess the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, competent in the use of Oracle Financials or similar accounting software. You will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of Finance / accounting and capable of working autonomously.

You will have a flexible approach, willing to help with additional duties as necessary and able to use your initiative to problem-solve. A competent user of Excel, Word and other Microsoft Office packages, your work will be accurate and show attention to detail.



- Administrator

£23,067-£26,715, Reference PU27332, Closing date 6 August 2021

The post holder will be a member of the Operations team and will be responsible for supporting the team either directly or indirectly, to allow the HR Administrator and Head of Operations to focus on the more complex elements of the day-to-day service for the Unit. You will be expected to work proactively with the admin team and all staff within the Unit to develop strong and effective working relationships.

The role offers tremendous variety and responsibilities include:

- Act as first point of contact for Unit enquiries

- Providing support for HR recruitment processes, including setting up interviews

- Performing administration duties including setting up meetings, diary management support and taking minutes

- Organise events and meetings, including making travel bookings


Educated to at least A level standard (or equivalent) you will have relevant administrative experience in a role which has required you to prioritise, multi-task and pay close attention to detail.

You will be proficient in standard software packages, particularly Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You must have good communication and interpersonal skills, be capable of working autonomously, be well organised and a reliable team player.



- Research Associate (Fixed Term)

£32,816 - £40,322, Reference PU27306, Closing date 5 August 2021

We are looking for a postdoctoral Research Associate to join an ERC-funded project in the Patil lab aimed at targeted modulation of kefir and gut microbial communities. The candidate will contribute by developing new concepts and tools for microbial community modelling. The project is highly interdisciplinary, integrating computational (ODE-based and genome-scale metabolic models) and experimental approaches (high-throughput microbiomics, RNAseq, and metabolomics), and offers exciting possibilities for rational engineering of microbial communities.

Applicants must hold, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. first-principle modelling, bioinformatics or statistical data analysis). The post will be ideal for a candidate with experience in modelling of complex systems such as metabolism or ecological networks. Experience in large-scale data analysis (e.g. transcriptomics or metabolomics data) is also desirable. We are particularly interested in candidates with enthusiasm for exploring new concepts and working in close collaboration with experimental researchers. The Patil lab is home to researchers representing a wide range of expertise, ranging from mathematical modelling to metabolomics. Enthusiasm for working in a diverse inter-disciplinary team is therefore a must.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.



- Laboratory Technician

£20,130-£23,067, Reference PU27368, Closing date 3 August 2021

We are looking to appoint a Research Laboratory Support Technician in our Operations team, to provide day to day practical support across three of our research groups.

Main aspects of the role include:

- Assist with general laboratory housekeeping, procurement, collection and distribution of equipment and consumables.

- Maintain the cleanliness and organisation of incubators, microbiological safety cabinets and fume hoods.

- Monitor condition of refrigerators and freezers and maintain stocks within the laboratory.

- Assist with the maintenance of the equipment asset register, chemical inventory system (Cheminventory) and as required liaise with the Laboratory and Facilities manager on tasks.

- Disposal of chemical and biological waste.

- Assist with general Health & Safety protocols to ensure safe working practices within the laboratories.

- Provide ongoing maintenance, help to organise PAT testing and basic repair of apparatus/equipment.

- Where possible carry out basic experimental work under the instruction of the Head of Group as required.

You will have good communication and interpersonal skills, be well organised and a reliable team player. You should be educated to at least GSCE level/ level 2 vocational qualification in a science subject, or with the equivalent level of practical experience.

This is an open-ended position funded by the MRC.


Internship at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge

Pay rate: £8.91 per hour


The internship will be conducted through the University of Cambridge Temporary Employment Service and will be based and managed within the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit.


We are looking to appoint an intern to work on simple molecular cell biology techniques used in the research on neurodegeneration and cancer. The intern will be mentored by the PI and senior postdocs to impart knowledge of techniques and analytical thinking.


Work practices you will learn and be involved with:

  • Maintaining cells in culture at different temperature for defined times
  • Extracting RNA under the guidance of a senior postdoc in the lab
  • Performing PCR reactions under the guidance of a senior postdoc in the lab

You will have good communication and interpersonal skills, be well organised and a reliable team player. You should be educated to GCSE level/level 2 vocational qualification in a science subject or with the equivalent level of practical experience.

The internship is for a maximum of 12 weeks. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 36.5 hours per week.

Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to Ritwick Sawarkar at

To apply, please submit your application as follows:

  • Email subject should include the word “Internship”
  • Include a cover letter/statement motivating why you wish to be an intern and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • Include your CV.


Applications should be submitted to:

Closing date: Friday, 30 July 2021

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.



- IT Specialist (Maternity Cover)

£30,942 - £40,322, Reference PU27196, Closing date 27 July 2021

We are seeking an IT Specialist to be based at the newly refurbished Gleeson building, University of Cambridge, to provide IT support for our research and administrative functions. You will have responsibility for 1st and 2nd line support, providing advice in specific areas of IT technology, as well as for the implementation of IT service improvements under the guidance of the IT Manager.

Areas of responsibility will include:

  • Systems and users administration
  • Hardware failure and software installation/configuration
  • Website maintenance
  • Troubleshooting and fixing network connectivity problems
  • AV support
  • Desktop and server support (Mac, Windows)
  • Helpdesk: providing technical assistance and support to staff and students

Educated to degree/level 6 vocational qualification, or equivalent level experience, you will have experience in a similar IT role with evidence of working at a tactical or operational level to deliver technology change.

You will have expert knowledge of one or more IT domains: infrastructure (expertise in networks or desktop or servers); programming: (Python and Perl). Knowledge of Linux and MySQL would be useful but is not essential. You will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and a genuine desire for continuous knowledge acquisition.

Temporary cover: This role is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.