Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Veterinary Medicine

Post one is available from November 2017 for 3 years in the first instance Post two is available from January 2018 for 3 years in the first instance

Applications are invited for two Research Assistant/Research Associates in evolutionary genomics of bacteria at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

The main focus of the research will be understanding the evolution and molecular epidemiology of Streptococcus suis and Salmonella bacteria that infect pigs. These posts will be based in Cambridge led by Dr Lucy Weinert and Dr Dan Tucker, with opportunities to develop independent projects and to work with collaborators from Europe, Myanmar and Vietnam. These projects will use genome sequencing data and tools from evolutionary genetics and epidemiology in the first instance but could also involve the use of laboratory experiments depending on the applicant's strengths.

The main duties will include: 

  • To take a lead role in the analysis of S. suis and Salmonella genome sequence data
  • To work with collaborators to collate functional data from these genomes
  • To review the current literature on S. suis and Salmonella genomics
  • To work with collaborators in experimental design and strategic planning and lab work
  • To be involved in the preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals, and, if appropriate, to present research at national and international conferences

Applicants should have a PhD in evolutionary biology, microbiology, computational biology or a related discipline. Desirable skills will be experience with next generation sequencing data, microbiological laboratory practice and programming skills in Unix, Python or Perl, and R. A good understanding of bacterial genomics and evolutionary genetics would be an advantage. The candidate must value teamwork and collaboration, and have good administrative and interpersonal skills.

Where a PhD award is pending (e.g, the thesis has been submitted but has not yet been examined), an appointment will be made as a Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded.

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, CV, covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two references.

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.

Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

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.

Interviews will be held on 28 September 2017

Please quote reference PP12954 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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