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Head of Research Operations

 Closing date:  Thursday 23rd November 2020

Sir Shankar Balasubramanian’s laboratories carry out internationally leading research (https://www.balasubramanian.co.uk) on the chemistry, structure and function of DNA and RNA. Major research topics include secondary structures in DNA and RNA, and also chemically modified bases in DNA. The research also comprises a strong emphasis on the innovation of nucleic acid technologies that includes new methods for DNA sequencing and also approaches for targeting and manipulating the genome.  The Balasubramanian group is interdisciplinary and uses chemical, biophysical, biological and computational approaches.

This senior management role is an integral part of the large and multifaceted Balasubramanian group, which is based on two University sites: the Department of Chemistry and Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute.  Around 20 postdocs, 10 postgraduates, and two undergraduates, work in the group supported by a dedicated science administrator and senior associate scientist.

The role holder will be responsible for the group’s overall operational management of research activities. They will be expected to support the activities of staff, student and visiting academics including safety monitoring, technical training, induction and pastoral care, as well as input for probation monitoring and performance reviews. They will provide technical oversight of complex equipment and define specifications for new equipment procurement. A key role for the post holder will be to advise and support the Professor in the development and implementation of medium to long-term scientific strategy including developing research and technology in their own domain of technical expertise.  They will initiate, develop and enable a proactive research network between the two laboratories and the various Departments and Institutes on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (e.g. School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Cambridge Institute, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology). They will be expected to build relationships and execute collaborations with Industry (Pharma and Biotech), CROs and funding agencies to identify opportunities (e.g. funding initiatives). The role holder will use their initiative to develop entrepreneurial activities by contributing directly to technology development and helping with the formation of innovative start-up companies.  They will have responsibility for the preparation and implementation of academic and commercial agreements (eg MTAs) with international researchers who provide or request materials and with the preparation and filing of Intellectual Property in association with Cambridge Enterprise.  This key role also involves the writing and administration of research grants together with reporting on research outputs to the University and external funders.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry or chemical biology and substantial relevant professional experience in an innovative research environment such as academia or industry.  They must have a high level of experience in usage and maintenance of standard laboratory equipment, operational management of a research laboratory and experience in usage and administration of computers and servers. The candidate is expected to be open minded towards new opportunities and able to multitask on a range of diverse projects.

Please quote reference MA24429 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

For more information, please email:   Jo Lockhart, Science Administrator, Balasubramanian Group (BalasubramanianRecruitment@ch.cam.ac.uk)

Only applications submitted on the University's on-line portal will be considered.

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