Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics is a recognised international centre for research in child health and development. The department also has close links with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke's) Women's and Children's Division with collaborative research opportunities in a number of paediatric sub-speciality areas. The Department of Paediatrics has close collaborative research links with a number of nationally and internationally based research groups.

This post will be based at the Stem Cell Institute at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge. Applications are invited for the position of a full-time research associate in the laboratory of Professor David Rowitch to study effects of gene mutation on myelin biology in a class of disorders called leukodystrophies.

This project is aimed towards potential patient-specific disease models and therapies. The role is part of the "Understanding Astrocyte Regional Heterogeneity" research group within the Wellcome Trust Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

The main duties will encompass developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conducting individual and collaborative research projects; writing up research work for presentation and publication and will include a wide range of techniques: histological analysis, preparation of novel cell culture substrates using a custom-made design; induced pluripotent stem cell culture work; and preparation of new cell lines. Molecular biology techniques such as Western blotting, cloning and qPCR will also be used. Practical experience working with mammalian cell culture and qPCR is essential. Experience with chemistry and/or bioengineering would be advantageous. Duties could also include laboratory management tasks.

Good communication and organisational skills are essential, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The post will require a flexible approach to working hours, accuracy, diligence, attention to detail, and conscientious working practices are essential.

You should have been awarded PhD in a relevant specialist subject, or for exceptional candidates have equivalent experience. The position will be under the direct supervision of Professor David Rowitch, Head of Department of Paediatrics and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is 10 November 2016.

The interview date is expected to be 25th November 2016.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RP10324 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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