Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) - Drosophila Mitochondrial Genetics

University of Cambridge - Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) position in Dr. Hansong Ma's lab ( at the Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute ( This position is supported by the Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship grant and is available from 1st Jan 2017 with funding for 2 years in the first instance. The successful applicant will contribute to an investigation of the mechanisms influencing inheritance of mitochondrial genomes in Drosophila. The lab is examining factors that bias transmission of one mitochondrial genome over another and probing the impact that this has on transmission of mitochondrial mutations and on evolution of the mitochondrial genome. The work involves Drosophila genetics, molecular techniques, and handling of Drosophila embryos.

The candidates are expected to be independent and highly motivated. A PhD in molecular biology, genetics or other related fields is required. Ideal qualifications include demonstrated experience in Drosophila transgenics, qPCR, in situ hybridization, live cell imaging and next-gen sequencing library preparation (RNA-seq). The candidate is expected to work independently but collaboratively with internal and external scientists. Excellent communication skills for scientific discussion are indispensable.

The position will benefit from the diverse and vibrant research environment of the Gurdon Institute and University of Cambridge. The successful applicant will have frequent interactions with other neighbouring labs of Drosophila and developmental biology, and have a chance to develop collaborative research projects.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

All enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Hansong Ma ( Formal review of applications will begin immediately. Please quote reference PR10377 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. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning careers and other family-friendly schemes.

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