Research Assistant in Genome Stability and Evolution

Babraham Institute

The Babraham Institute is a charity which is world renowned for its research in life sciences to enhance lives and improve wellbeing.

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join the Houseley laboratory at the Babraham Institute.

This position is funded through a Wellcome Trust award aimed at discovering the mechanisms by which useful, adaptive mutations such as copy number variation (CNV) form within complex genomes. Uncovering mechanisms that control CNV will have far-reaching implications as CNV is rife in eukaryotic genomes and has been implicated in a plethora of common disorders.

The successful applicant will join a team investigating how gene expression changes that occur in response to the environment direct CNV to certain locations in the genome. The particular aim for this position is to elucidate the impact of ageing on local CNV rate and determine whether ageing therefore facilitates adaptation.

This position would suit a candidate with experience in molecular biology and will include a substantial lab management component (20-30%) to support the research in the Houseley lab.

Informal enquiries to be made to Dr Jon Houseley (

Further information about the Institute can be found on our website. Application forms and further details are available electronically (

Funding for this position is available up to 31 March 2021.

Full details of the position can be found hereOn applying please quote reference GP-RA-JH

Closing date for completed applications is Thursday, 24 August 2017.

No agencies please.

The Babraham Institute is a user of the disability symbol and is positive about disabled people.

The Babraham Institute receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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