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Laboratory Manager

Cancer Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £38,460 to £48,677 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Saturday 27 July 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1155319CM

Cancer Research UKWellcome Trust

The position will be located in the Centre for Cancer Immunology at Southampton General Hospital. This is a newly constructed dedicated research building that was the result of a significant fund-raising campaign. It builds on a 40 year history of pioneering immunology and cancer research at Southampton. It is the first dedicated cancer immunology centre in the UK bringing the complete research pipeline under one roof from pioneering discovery science to applied research and preclinical modelling and crucially onto first-in-human clinical trials and beyond. The Centre houses world-class research facilities, including state-of-the-art scientific laboratories and a Clinical Trials Unit.

This position represents one of at least 20 new research and other staff who will work together with the existing investigators to build on the exciting progress already made in the field of cancer immunology.

The position is associated with the laboratory of Professors Ward and Ober who are relocating their research group from the USA to Southampton. Their interdisciplinary research program is dedicated to the development of novel antibody-based therapeutics that in the past has led to several therapeutics that are currently in advanced clinical trials. The group also develops advanced microscopy techniques for the evaluation of novel therapeutics in cellular environments. Their research is supported by major grants from the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and support from collaborating biopharma companies.

You will be highly motivated and excited by the challenges involved in managing and supporting a dynamic, interdisciplinary group of researchers and be responsible for health and safety, ensuring compliance with laboratory procedures. You will oversee the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, manage and oversee biosafety and other regulatory processes.  

Relevant skills for managing a large budget, equipment purchases/maintenance and laboratory supplies are essential.

You will be responsible for organising and archiving of scientific data acquired in the laboratory. You will also have a significant impact on the scientific mission of the laboratory by carrying out and supervising experiments and playing a major role in the generation of data and the writing of scientific manuscripts e.g. progress reports for granting agencies. Introduction of novel experimental approaches into the laboratory is an important aspect of the position. 

You will be an efficient and capable manager with skills to oversee a laboratory of members with different scientific and educational backgrounds. You will manage junior laboratory members and take responsibility for training new laboratory members. The position requires significant, independent interactions with stakeholders within and outside the university.

While direct experience of the role described in the job description is not a prerequisite, scientific knowledge in a biological field equivalent to Ph.D. level is required. The post-holder will possess relevant academic qualifications and work experience as well as good IT skills. The role requires the ability to work independently, plan and organise your own workload, work well under pressure and communicate effectively and professionally with a range of stakeholders within and outside the organisation.  

In the early years of the appointment, the management of the transition of the laboratory from the US will be a major focus for the Laboratory Manager.  

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor E. Sally Ward, e.sally.ward@gmail.com or Professor Raimund J. Ober, raimund.ober@gmail.com. 

Interviews will be held in early August.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1155319CM on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Silver Award holder: Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.


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