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Building Services Technician (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jun 21, 2017.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to recruit a Building Services Technician. This post is fixed term and is available for one year. The post holder will support the setting up and maintenance of effective operations, and day-to-day upkeep of Department facilities by carrying out internal and external repairs, alterations and installation of services/ equipment for the Department alongside other members of the Facilities Team, and/or by arranging for specialist contractors to complete work and overseeing their progress.

This temporary post has been created to provide much needed additional capacity in the Facilities Team following the Department's move to its purpose-built building on the University's West Cambridge Site. This is a one year post to cover a period of increased workload in support of the move of approximately 140 staff into the new building, as the operations of the building are fully tested, operational procedures are put in place, and snags are identified and resolved.

The post holder will be required to liaise with and develop effective working relationships with other members of the Department, builders and specialist contractors assisting with the completion of work, and Estates Management. They will supervise external contractors and Estates Management Engineers as they enter the building, and when access is required in the laboratories.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of two referees and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

Please quote reference NQ12534 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Pro-Flow

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on May 27, 2017.

A position is open for a jointly funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate, that is partly funded by InnovateUK funded ProFlow Research Project at the University of Cambridge, in the Acoustic Wave Physics group of Dr. Adrian Stevenson, & complemented part-time by industrial partner LabXero Ltd. The successful candidate will have a strong interdisciplinary background in acoustic wave transducers, biochemistry/microbiology & electrical engineering methods, including a PhD in a relevant area, but also be capable of working in a fast-paced environment with SMEs & startups. Experience with handling microalgae & working with microfluidic systems & sensors will be advantageous.

ProFlow is a Innovate UK funded project to develop a novel in-line process exploiting acoustic concentration technology, leveraged from cross-sector advances in health/agri-tech industries to manipulate cells, particles and compounds for biomanufacturing processes. This pioneering industrial R&D project brings together the multidisciplinary expertise of LabXero (innovative sample processing SME), University of Cambridge (expertise in world-leading downstream bioprocessing (CEB), experimental and computational fluid dynamics (Dept. of Physics) & advanced manufacturing (Institute for Manufacturing)), 42 Technology (manufacturing scale-up experts), Unilever (global consumer goods business) and AlgaeCytes (producer of high value compounds from microalgae) to develop an energy efficient, chemical free biomass harvesting and cellular- product extraction system for large-scale biomanufacture to create a high flow through-put device. This innovative process will provide a step- change improvement in downstream process efficiency & cost reduction, increasing the commercial viability of biomanufacturing processes in the UK, especially the micro-algal products biomanufacturing sector, which can accelerate the production of high value products from microalgae.

The key results sought from this project are; a commercial scale final-stage prototype micro-algal cell harvester incorporating acoustic focusing technology. This will be designed from 3D profile modelling in conjunction with fluid dynamic simulations, validated by experimental work. It will include processes for extraction of compounds from wet micro-algal biomass, to reduce traditional chemical solvent extraction processes, and a supply chain and business model review of this innovative biomanufacturing process.

The ability to work both as part of an interdisciplinary team, coupled with excellent communication and organisational skills are required. A self-starter, with a proactive approach to problem solving & ability to work under pressure to stringent external deadlines within a fast-paced environment is desired. The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, ensuring delivery to meet the collaboration objectives & timelines, writing up work for presentation and publication, new IP generation, collaborating with and regular reporting to industrial partners (including supply of design specifications, 3D technical drawings, component assembly, experimental test data) , assisting in the supervision of student research projects, & delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Information Document.

For further information contact Dr Adrian Stevenson (acs14@cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 29 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should ensure their application is complete and submitted by Midnight on the closing date.

Please quote reference NQ12342 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate (Fixed Term) in Molecular Biology

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on May 27, 2017.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge has partnered with the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens in Ghana to investigate nucleic acid diagnostics for resource poor countries. A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will spend circa 6-7 months at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge and 5-6 months at the University of Ghana. The project will be under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Hall (Cambridge) and Prof. Gordon Awandare (Ghana).

The Collaboration involves the development of a nucleic acid diagnostic (pi-NAD) for febrile disease outbreaks to enable informed treatment and targeted antibiotic use. The Cambridge team have developed a new technology for design of nucleic acid polymerases. Taking a synthetic biology and molecular biology approach, the project aims to build on this technology for transfer to low resource settings. The research will set the foundations in Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology and then transfer to the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens in Ghana in the Spring of 2018.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume intellectual leadership in driving the molecular biology and its application, as well as contributing to the wider, ongoing development of the programme of disease diagnostics for resource poor settings. This will involve integration with teams working in Cambridge and Ghana, driving the underpinning molecular technology, making key design decisions, and ensuring their realisation. Activities will include leading and participating in research discussions between the two centres and locating to Ghana during the second part of the project to transfer the technology from the Cambridge team and provide field experience.

The duration of the contract is for one year.

Applicants must have:

1.) A PhD degree in a relevant discipline such as molecular biology, cell biology etc. with excellent skills in cloning and expression

2.) Understanding of and ideally experience of nucleic acid amplification methods

3.) An outstanding publication record or demonstration of excellent research potential for newly graduated PhD

4.) Excellent oral and written communication skills

5.) The ability to work as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of researchers

Further information about Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology can be found at http://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/rg-cab and about the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens can be found here: http://waccbip.ug.edu.gh

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should ensure their application is complete and submitted by Midnight on the closing date.

Please quote reference NQ12341 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.