Research Associate - Chemist/Chemical Biologist

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral chemist to work within the group of Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian on the chemical biology of nucleic acids, funded by Cancer Research UK. The successful applicant will play a key role in developing and applying chemical tools to probe the fundamental structure, function and biological mechanisms of four-stranded DNA G-quadruplexes and to investigate their relevance as potential targets for therapeutic intervention and/or markers of cancer. 

The successful applicant will have a strong background in organic chemistry and chemical biology, with an interest in mechanisms associated with DNA function. Some experience or interest in molecular and cellular biology would be desirable. We seek a highly-motivated individual with excellent communication skills and who is able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The candidate should possess strong laboratory skills, show exceptional initiative and demonstrate a capacity for innovation and independent thought.

Candidates should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a relevant discipline. See http://www-balasubramanian.ch.cam.ac.uk for further information.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/14582. 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), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Jo Lockhart, PA to Professor Shankar Balasubramanian, email: herchel-smith-pa@ch.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference MA12950 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

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.

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