Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Associate in "Investigating novel mechanisms by which bacteria adhere to respiratory epithelium"       

Limit of tenure: 2 years

A Research Associate position, funded by a GlaxoSmithKline Varsity award, is available from 2nd January 2017 (or as soon as possible after) to determine how bacteria adhere to respiratory epithelium using novel, multidisciplinary approaches in collaboration between Clare Bryant, John Wright and Pietro Cicuta (Cambridge) and Edith Hessel (GSK).

This challenging and exciting role will involve studying the factors that are important for bacterial adhesion to respiratory epithelium. The project will examine bacterial mutants and epithelial cells lacking candidate genes.  The role will involve working closely with a second PDRA in the Veterinary School who will be developing new biological constructs.  The aims in physics are to develop and validate new in vitro assays for bacteria/epithelium adhesion based on fluid flow and imaging, then to perform experiments and related modelling and data analysis.  The role will primarily be based in the Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory), but will involve important collaborative work in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and in GSK.

The candidate will have experience in experimental research in biological or soft materials, ideally with some experience of experimental design and/or working with imaging and microfluidic techniques for single cell biology. The project requires a multidisciplinary approach and good communication skills to ensure the collaborative work runs smoothly, therefore the candidate will need to be highly driven and flexible enough to adapt to these challenging working conditions.

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact Professor Pietro Cicuta on

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.

If you are unable to apply online, applications should be sent to BSS Administrator (, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, and should include a CV; a CHRIS/6 cover sheet (available from; Complete part 1 and 3 only.) and names and contact details of at least two referees.

Please quote reference KA10561 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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