Research Assistant/Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Veterinary Medicine

Limit of Tenure: 30 June 2019

Dr Mark Holmes and Dr Andrew Grant are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate or a Research Assistant.  This position is part of large collaborative grant (involving the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh and the Roslin Institute) with the aim of elucidating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) gene transfer between pathogens and the gut microbiota in experimental animals and farmed pigs. This ambitious, multi-disciplinary project will harness cutting-edge chromosome conformation capture genome sequencing (meta3C and Hi-C) to investigate transfer of AMR genes within complex microbiomes and identify unculturable bacterial species that are involved in AMR spread. Dr Mark Holmes is the principle investigator of the grant with Dr Andrew Grant, Dr Olivier Restif, Dr Dan Tucker, Professor James Wood, Professor Duncan Maskell, Professor Mark Stevens and Professor Sharon Peacock as co-investigators. You will be part of a lab with many other infectious disease and AMR projects running alongside as part of a stimulating and highly productive research community.

The post holder will work closely with other research associates in the group working on this project.

The post holder will be required to undertake the bioinformatics and computational biology required for the project. You will be required to assist with the work of PhD students and undergraduate project students and help with sub-projects arising from the main research including the investigation of factors affecting antimicrobial resistance such as novel antimicrobial resistance genes.

Candidates must value teamwork, collaboration and possess good organisational and communication skills.

A full detailed description of the key responsibilities is available in the further particulars file. . Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

For informal enquires please contact: Julie Ingham on

Closing date: 28 August 2017

Interviews will be held on 21 September 2017

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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.

Please quote reference PP12763 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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