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Principal Technician

Posted by , on 31 October 2013

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute draws together outstanding researchers from 25 stem cell laboratories in Cambridge to form a world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine. The Institute receives core funding from the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council and is also a University Strategic Initiative. This generous support is enabling the Institute to expand and build on its reputation for excellence in this cutting-edge field.
Principal Technician

Salary: £33,230 – £44,607pa

The funds for this post are available until 30th June 2017 in the first instance.
We are now commencing an exciting period of change as we prepare for the design and build of 800m2 of new accommodation on the University’s Biomedical Campus. The role holder will be key in assisting the Administrator to both maintain and improve existing infrastructure but also, and vitally, in supporting and assisting with relocation design and planning. After the relocation, planned for 2017, the role holder will maintain and strengthen the core services as well as having input into their strategic planning.

To assist the Institute Administrator in the day-to-day running of the Institute the key aspects of the role are: Leadership, Communication and Problem Solving.

The role holder will be responsible for building maintenance and security, implementation Health and Safety procedures, and organisation and supervision of the Institute’s technical and cleaning staff.  Experience in managing building projects and refurbishments is desirable.

You should be able to demonstrate experience in recruitment, 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. Practical experience of computerised accounting packages and familiarity with University Financial System is desirable but training can be provided.

Educated to degree level or equivalent in a biological science or related subject, you will have previous management experience in a senior post in a science-related area in either higher education or industry setting as well as excellent motivational and interpersonal skills. Extensive experience in a biomedical environment including a period of hands on research is essential.

The building is multi-occupancy building and you will act as the Safety Officer for the Stem Cell Institute and the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and will liaise with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in all matters relating to building maintenance.


To apply, please visit our vacancies webpage:

Informal enquiries are also welcome via email:

Applications must be submitted by 17:00 on the closing date of 28th November 2013.

Previous applicants do not need to apply.

Interviews will be held in the afternoon of Wednesday 18th December 2013. If you have not been invited for interview by Wednesday 11th December 2013, you have not been successful on this occasion.

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