Clinical Professionals Ltd

Culture Collection Curator

20 Sep 2018
09 Feb 2019
R & D

Our client, a ground-breaking Biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, are seeking a driven, organised and proactive individual to to join as a culture-collection curator. This position will focus on maintaining the clients' culture-collection and its associated biodata. The successful candidate will be organised, efficient and meticulous with substantial anaerobic microbiology and bacterial characterisation experience and will have previously maintained a large microbial culture-collection.

Reporting to the Head of Microbiology, the successful candidate will work with colleagues in maintaining the companys key microbiological resources.

Key duties will include:
Maintaining a diverse prokaryotic culture collection
Phenotypic characterisation of microbial isolates
Communicating across teams to ensure that electronic records associated with the culture collection are always up-to-date

Candidate Specifications:

Essential requirements for this post include:

A degree in a Biological Sciences subject, with five years experience in a microbiology laboratory.
Extensive experience of maintaining, curating and managing a microbial culture collection and its associated biomaterials and data.

Capability to provide research materials and associated bio- and meta- data when needed, to support the work of research scientists.
Strong organisation skills, with a demonstrable ability to manage numerous priorities simultaneously and to adhere to deadlines.
A willingness and ability to appropriately, rigorously and accurately maintain freezer-records and biologically relevant sample metadata.
Enthusiasm to keep up-to-date on best practises in the field of biobanking, sample and data archival.
An aptitude for interdisciplinary work and a proven ability to communicate with scientists of various disciplines.
An ability to work both independently, and within a team environment.
Proficient use of Microsoft office suite programs, including Excel and Powerpoint.

Desirable requirements for this post include:
Experience at working in a commercial culture collection/biobank environment.
Experience involving biobanking of perishable, human-derived materials.
An interest in optimising archival processes and methodologies for fastidious and anaerobic microorganisms.
Experienced in the techniques used for phenotypic characterisation of microorganisms.
Familiar with the legal and reporting requirements surrounding the archival of human-derived materials.
Experience at developing sample management pipelines.
Familiar with tools for sample and data management.
Knowledgeable about best practices for lab quality control as applied to sample and data management.
An understanding of microbial biology, genetics including metagenomics and culturing of the gastrointestinal microbiota.

The following personal attributes are essential:
Excellent communication skills
Highly organised and meticulous
High level of initiative, and the willingness to contribute flexibly to a new company as required
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a high level of English language competency.
Candidates must be legally entitled to work in the UK

If this role sounds like it could be of interest to you, or you would like to find out more about the position, client or process, please contact Ed Thomas on 0207 822 1710 or email an up to date version of your CV to

If however, you do not feel that this is the right role for you, please forward these details on as we do have a generous referral scheme in place. Please note, due to the high volume of applications, if you do not receive a response within 48 hours, your application has not been successful on this occasion.

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