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Principal Technician

Posted by , on 9 January 2017

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Salary: £34,956-£46,924

Reference: PS11107

Closing date: 08 February 2017

Applications are invited for the position of Principal Technician to the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. The post holder will work closely with the Department of Haematology as both prepare to move together into a new purpose-built building (Capella) on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Department of Haematology are both led by Professor Tony Green. This is an exciting time and the post holder will help shape the transition to our new building.

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council ( The Institute will comprise ~32 group leaders, ~28 affiliated group leaders, over 350 scientists, occupying 10,000 sqm and with an active grant portfolio of ~100 million.

Until 2018 the post holder will be based in the Gleeson building and will oversee building, facilities and laboratory support for CSCI groups in that building. The post-holder will have an exciting key role in planning the CSCI/ Haematology laboratory-focussed support structures needed in Capella, will plan and coordinate the move of all CSCI/ Haematology groups and facilities and will work closely with the Capella Technical Liaison Officer. Once in Capella the post holder will be responsible for establishing and managing the laboratory focussed operational structures for CSCI/ Haematology to achieve scientific and strategic objectives. In particular the individual will ensure the smooth and efficient day-to-day running of ~32 laboratories and associated specialist facilities and will work closely with the Capella buildings and services team.

Applicants should have a degree in Biological science or related subject as well as excellent motivational and interpersonal skills. Extensive experience of laboratory management is essential as is previous experience of hands-on research. Experience in managing building projects and refurbishments, building services and health and safety would all be desirable. You should be able to demonstrate experience in supervision and performance management and will have excellent written and oral communication skills. You will be responsible for procurement and purchasing of high value goods and services and must have a good understanding of financial accounting processes. Familiarity with University Financial System is desirable but training can be provided. Once in the new building it is likely that the duties of this post will evolve so adaptability and flexibility are essential.

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

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for all applications is Wednesday 08 February 2017.

Interviews will be held in mid February.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to Louise Balshaw, CSCI Administrator at

Please quote reference PS11107 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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