Research Associate

University of Cambridge - MRC Cancer Unit

The MRC Cancer Unit (MRC CU) is a University Department situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It provides an outstanding environment for cancer research, supporting some 10 research groups and ~150 bench scientists. The successful candidate will join Dr Carla Martins' research group, which is focused on "Modelling Tumour Development and Therapy".

The post-holder will be involved in a project aimed at characterizing the impact of Kras copy number changes on lung tumour therapy. This work will involve a wide range of molecular biology techniques and will combine in vitro and in vivo cancer models. We are seeking applicants with a PhD in Cancer Biology or closely related field and extensive experience in molecular biology (cloning, DNA, RNA and protein analysis), tissue culture and cancer metabolism. A good track record of peer-reviewed publications is desirable, as is experience in mouse modeling and analysis of large-scale data sets (e.g. RNAseq data). Candidates should be able to demonstrate abstract thinking as well as the potential to develop and pursue scientific projects in the field of cancer biology. He/she is expected to undertake cutting edge research and to act independently to plan experiments, solve problems and learn and apply new techniques whenever required.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2018 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 11th December 2016.

Interviews are likely to take place between the 13th and 16th December 2016.

Please quote reference SK10737 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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