Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, UoM

Senior Scientific Officer - Lung Cancer Liquid Biopsy Biomarker Research

Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, UoM

Manchester, United Kingdom

Senior Scientific Officer – Lung Cancer Liquid Biopsy Biomarker Research

  • Salary will be within the range of £24,776 – £41,536 per annum (dependent upon experience)
  • Job Ref: MI/19/26
  • Duration: Fixed term until 31st March 2022

About the role:

A key aim for the Manchester Centre for Cancer Biomarker Sciences (MCCBS) is to improve survival for lung cancer patients through liquid biopsy biomarker research. An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Scientific Officer to join the Cells and Protein (CAP) team within the MCCBS, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, to work on liquid biopsy research for lung cancer minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring. You will provide technical laboratory based leadership for an MRD monitoring study, including managing the processing, banking and analysis of clinical samples.

You will also work on the development of novel biomarker assays for detection of circulating biomarkers, including circulating tumour cells and tumour related genomic markers and apply these to the analysis of clinical samples to monitor disease relapse. You will take a proactive hands-on role within the laboratory, supervise a team of analysts and will be required to work under Good Clinical Practice regulations. A key aspect of this role is communication with external partners, to ensure the quality of clinical sample collection and shipping is consistent with laboratory requirements.

About you:

You should have a BSC degree or equivalent in biological sciences or a related subject, together with expertise in relevant laboratory techniques and in assay development and validation, ideally gained working in a biomarker research environment. You will possess experience supervising the work of others and in the processing and analysis of clinical samples together with knowledge of good clinical practice. Knowledge of cancer biology is highly desirable.

You will have excellent written skills and be a confident communicator with good presentation skills. You will also possess excellent organisational skills and be computer literate. In addition you will have well-developed problem solving abilities and be able to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.

Why choose Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute?

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (, an Institute of The University of Manchester (, is a world-leading centre for excellence in cancer research. The Institute is core funded by Cancer Research UK (, the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world. We are currently situated at the internationally-renowned life sciences campus at Alderley Park in Cheshire England, 15 miles from Manchester, a vibrant and dynamic city surrounded by beautiful countryside.

We are partnered with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in South Manchester (, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe. These factors combine to provide an exceptional environment in which to pursue basic, translational and clinical research programmes.

How to apply?

To apply for this position please visit our website:

For any informal enquiries about this post, please contact Dr Elaine Kilgour, e-mail:

Closing date: Sunday 30 June 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.